Homegrown and Handmade Book Review & Giveaway!

Homegrown and Handmade Book Review & Giveaway!

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I’ve been given a fun opportunity to review the new edition of the book Homegrown and Handmade by Deborah Niemann.  This book was first published in 2011 and the author just released a revised version of the book this month.  And along with the release there is a fun giveaway that will get you a copy of the book and some other fun items!! (more about that later).

Homegrown and Handmade By Deborah Niemann

All I can say is what a great book!!

Deborah, the author, and her family are living every budding homesteaders dream on a beautiful 32 acre rural farm.  They grow a beautiful garden and orchard.  They also raise all their own meat from various farm animals.

This book covers all the traditional homesteading topics but in a very engaging and visual way.  It is full of practical examples and beautiful photos that will get you started on your own homesteading journey.  I really love the practical advice Deborah gives on a broad range of topics, from growing tomatoes to raising a milk cow, she covers it all!  But she has also filled the book with a ton of advice for those of us that don’t live on a “homestead”.  So much of this book will help even folks like me who live in the city but want to grow a garden and raise a few chickens to help provide for your families food needs!

This books has sections on the following topics:

Growing a Sustainable Garden and Orchard

Of course this is my favorite section of the book!  This is a great section to learn more about growing your own food in a very sustainable way.  I love how she includes hints on both food preservation and recipes for using your garden bounty!

The Backyard Poultry Flock

Lots of great info in this section on raising your own poultry for both meat and eggs.  You will learn about chickens, ducks and even turkeys!

The Home Dairy

Learn about cows, goats, sheep and more in this section.  And learn how to use what you produce by making butter, yogurt, cheese and even soaps!

Home Grown Pork

Here Deborah teaches you about raising your own pigs; learn about breeding, fencing, care and more.

Homegrown Sweeteners

Honey and maple syrup are the topics of this section.  I see a beehive in my future!

Home Fiber Flock

Here you can learn about raising your own animals for fiber.  Rabbits, sheep, goats and Llamas can all be used to make your own cloth!

Homegrown Business

The last section of the book teaches you how to take you homesteading skills and turn them into a business to further help support your family!


I have to say I really enjoyed this book and I’m glad to have it as part of my library!  You can buy it directly from the publisher by following this link or you can also find it on Amazon!


Get a copy of this book and $60 in other gifts!

As part of the celebration around this latest addition of Homegrown and Handmade we are having a giveaway.  The $100 prize package includes the following:

One winner will receive:

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Giveaway will close August 31st, 11:59pm and the winner will be emailed the following day. Winners should respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be contacted. Open to US residents 18 years of age and older.

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I hope you enjoy the book!!

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