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Virtual Book Par-tay!

It has been a little over 2 months and I am thrilled to say that my little baby book Free Range Chicken Gardens is growing up and is in its FOURTH printing already!  Holy hen manure! I still haven’t wrapped my head around it. I am just elated that so many gardeners are enjoying the book and learning how to provide habitat that can benefit us and our flock and how to utilize chickens for their natural behaviors.

Since I never had a proper book release party (I was recovering from surgery at the time of release) and spring has hit in full force for me already, I didn’t want to miss out on celebrating the book’s success in a way that everyone can join in!  So, it is wonderful that my publisher Timber Press is offering a special giveaway for two great books: Free Range Chicken Gardens  AND The Fresh Egg Cookbook with many of my favorite bloggers who are all fabulous gardening/chicken keeping/foodie rock stars and if you are not already following them, you should be! Be sure to check out their websites below to have multiple chances to win! I am also including the opportunity to win a subscription to Chicken magazine from my blog along with the books- the party contest will end on April 12th!


Erica at NORTHWEST EDIBLE LIFE
Theresa at LIVING HOMEGROWN
Angela at MY RUBBER BOOTS
Annette at SUSTAINABLE EATS     
Kylee at OUR LITTLE ACRE 
Gen at NORTHCOAST GARDENING      

Willi at DIGGIN FOOD

To win here you have a few options and multiple ways to be entered – I will pick three random winners on April 12th!

  1. Comment here and mention which prize you’d like to win and why.
  2. “LIKE” the book’s Facebook page Chicken Garden and comment there about which prize you’d like to win
  3. If you already “LIKE” the page, post a photo of your hens enjoying your garden *or*
  4. “SHARE” this blog post on Facebook or Twitter, but be sure you comment here that you did so I can track it! or cc @jessibloom

My favorite photo in 'Free Range Chicken Gardens' by Kate Baldwin

UPDATED: A big huge thank you to everyone who entered this contest and made the virtual book release party a success!! And congratulations to our winners Lorna, Meghan and Regan!  I hope you enjoy the good chicken reads.

It’s Almost Garden Show Time!

"Beep Beep!" says the gigantic loader at the NW Flower and Garden Show during garden construction

The Saturday before the big opening of the NW Flower and Garden Show has a way of making me extremely giddy but also raising my blood pressure at the same time — this is the day that garden creators start the insane process of building a completed display garden in 3 short days.  The excitement, the fear of something going wrong or not finishing on time, is an experience that one never forgets.  It is hard work, fast, fun and builds relationships with other garden creators, suppliers and our crew always loves it.  We can’t build a show garden every year, but I can always feel the timing of it, which is bitter sweet.  During the show is actually the best time – people are so happy to be inspired and ready for spring that the air is filled with joy– and the  sweet fragrance of plants coming to life again.  My absolute favorite thing about the show is seeing people that I adore, who all work in the garden industry – designers, builders, writers, artists, educators, etc. It is like one big family reunion!

I’m very excited about this years show, I’m not building a garden, but promoting by new book with something different  and fun planned everyday! If you are around, I’d love it if you stopped by to say “Hi!”…I’ll be here:

Wed:  7am King 5 Live with Christie Johnson.. later I’ll be checking out the gardens & shops in the morning

Thursday:  9am : Tweet up! (RSVP’s full) at  10-noon: I will be doing *FREE* garden design consultations at the APLD display garden.  If you are interested, be sure to sign up at that time here: Complimentary garden consults  at 2:00: Book Signing at the Molbak’s booth #402 near the display gardens, at 6pm: GWA reception

Friday:  3:15 What the Cluck Part 1 (chicken keeping 101) in the Hood Room, with a book signing immediately following

Saturday: 9am Radio interview with Phyllis Stephens of KXLY in Spokane 10am Radio interview with Mike Darcy from KEX in Portland 1:30pm What the Cluck Part 2 (Top 10 chicken garden plants) in the Hood Room with a book signing immediately following

Sunday:1:30 Book signing at the University Bookstore booth #212