Thursday, July 31, 2008
Book Giveaway Contest!
I love giving away books. It's a hobby of mine, in fact, and if the postage rates weren't so darn expensive I'd do it daily.
But I have a little cash in hand so here goes:
Today I'm giving away Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm, by Nicola Smith. The title pretty much explains it all. It's a chronicle of one couple's life on their small Vermont organic farm. This isn't an idyllic back-to-the-earth book that glosses over the hard parts; this is a true-to-life, tell-it-as-it-is book, warts and all.
I read it at the perfect time - after reading a string of books about authors' escapades in gardening, going without electricity, eating locally, etc., which had made me long for my own adventure. Harvest brought me back to reality and helped me refine my vision of this Halving it All experiment until it became more reasonable - more realistic. Do-able.
I also walked away from this book with more respect for the farmers selling produce at my local market. It made me feel even better about paying those higher prices they charge. While I knew in my head that farmers deserve to be paid better for their work, now I felt it in my heart.
So, back to the contest: entering is simple. Post a comment below and include in it one thing you'd like me to write about in the future. Is there a part of your life you'd like to see halved? Want me to research it? Is there something you think I'll gloss over? Something you think I won't get to? Or something completely off topic all together? (It's all right - I can natter on about just about anything.) I hope you all are remembering that things will really get in gear when I get back home in mid-August.
The contest will close on Sunday at 12:00 Eastern Time. I will put all your names in a hat and pick the winner at random. Then I'll post here and ask for you to email me your address. Good luck, everyone!