Book Review and Giveaway!

Yes, I’ve done this review and giveaway before but I have another copy to giveaway in honor of getting our 1,000th like on Facebook!
Your Farm in the City: An Urban-Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals

I have to say I find this book very thorough. It discusses pretty much everything you need to know about how to start urban farming. I do find it more geared towards beginners though. Most of the info in the book I already knew. However, just because I know much of the book’s content does not lessen it’s value. And it did have info in it that I hadn’t learned elsewhere, such as why you might have certain weeds and what you can use those weeds for.

I also liked that they pointed out that everyone planning on raising food in their backyard should make sure to get their soil tested and to also not rely on those at-home soil tests that are quite inaccurate and unreliable.

I found the book easy to read. It cuts right to the chase with bullet points rather than having a monotonous tone.

I think my only disappointment in the book is the paper it’s printed on. It’s a bit thin, which, in my opinion, won’t stand up as well to being a go-to reference guide, especially a reference guide that will be used outside.

Overall though, I would have bought this book if I wasn’t sent a copy.

If you’d like a chance to own this copy just leave a comment below by midnight Friday, April 27th. I’ll announce the winner on April 28th. Unfortunately for our international readers, you have to be in the U.S. to win a copy.



  1. I’m in! Do I win????? I have enough weeds to feed the damn world, so finding a use for them will be helpful.

  2. I love the cover! This book is right up my alley (if I had an alley).

  3. Looks like a good addition to my book addiction.

  4. I would totally love to own this book! I am the Chef for a non-profit for children and families, here in the Bay Area, and this information would help me immensely in starting a community garden for our kids and families to grow their own food in!

  5. What a great giveaway! I am book crazy around these parts and have some new shelf space for the collection which has opened up some space on my night stand…..would love to have this one kicking about, being read on the fly as I snatch a moment here and there :) hope all is well, there on the ‘farm’ this spring! all the best to you,

  6. Everybody’s giving this book rave reviews, and it’s on my wishlist! I can’t wait to read it :)

  7. Kaleb Garcia says:

    I bet it will be really helpful to have!

  8. Hope I win!

  9. oooohhhh! I would LOVE to win this! What a great birthday present it would be!

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’ve been wanting to read it!

  10. I’m in!

  11. Ok, throwing my hat in the ring. Would love a new book to read. We can always find some gem in them.

  12. I can use all the help I can get (read)!!

  13. Yes, Please! I’m a beginner and would love all the help I can get!

  14. Jon Kupkowski says:

    Looks like a great addition to my library.

  15. I would love this book!!

  16. Been wanting to check out this book! Thanks for everything you share on your blog, I read it daily!

  17. Looking forward to checking out this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

  18. Becky Green says:

    Would love to win a copy!!! Thank you!

  19. Our house is preparing and learning about urban farming and a good book would help us out!

  20. Jeffrey DelVecchio says:

    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a good book.

  21. Janice Mathews says:

    I’m trying not to buy more books, but winning one … 😉

  22. Deborah Joy says:

    I would love to have a chance to recieve this book.
    Also, am thinking of you and Sedona. I am glad you can let her take her time (something my mid-wife was too worried to do for ME!)Can’t wait to hear about her new little ones when they arrive. Thinking good thoughts for you both!

  23. I just stumbled upon your blog about living without the grocery stores and I think it’s amazing. All I do now is a little bit of container gardening but I’m hoping to try raising chickens. I could sure use the book as a resource for this new journey.

  24. Chelsea Wipf says:

    My first visit to your blog…was dragged in by the rabbit breeding with vanilla post! Loving everything else on here as well. This book sounds very interesting, my hubby and I are working on doing more and maximizing what our tiny urban lot can do for us. Its fun experimenting. Right now, we are looking into raising rabbits for meat, since chickens are not allowed by our town :(

  25. Vallie Pence says:

    It looks and sounds like a wonderful resource. I would love a copy.

  26. Heather S says:

    Gardening is is one of my favorite hobbies, and this book looks like something I’d thoroughly enjoy!

  27. I would love to own this book! I don’t have the funds to buy any of my own resources so I’ve been relying on the generosity of friends and online resources. Fingers crossed!

  28. I just found your site and am so excited. You are living my dream. Now I just need to live it too. Used to raise angoras and want to do it again. I’ll get there. Put me down for the book. I will need it!

  29. I stumbled onto your site by way of Pinterest and I am in awe!!! Love what you can do in a small amount of property. We live in the country and all you do just makes me want to GET OUT THERE and garden, farm, raise animals and dig in the good earth that is provided for us puny humans.
    I would love the book as well.

  30. I’ve gotten this book out from the library and love it! It’d be such a great resource to have on hand. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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