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Hands-on permaculture giveaway

Egyptian onion giveawayI know that some of you missed out on our lightning-fast Egyptian-onion giveaway this year and still wanted to try these perennial onions in your garden, so I saved back a bunch of bottom bulbs and Daddy harvested his top bulbs to prepare for another giveaway.  This giveaway is much different than our usual, so please read through all of the rules below before entering.  (And don't skip this post if you aren't interested in Egyptian onions --- I'll give you a signed copy of The Weekend Homesteader instead if you win and aren't an onion person.)

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A couple of months ago, I started thinking about how so much of the permaculture-education material I read and watch is theoretical, which really bogs down the beginner.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a resource showing permaculture techniques that have succeeded or failed in real, hands-on applications?  I can come up with lots of examples in my own garden, but I'd love to hear from the larger permaculture community. 

How to enter
Your entry in this giveaway will consist of an email to with a concise but complete explanation of a permaculture technique you've tried out and why it did or didn't work for you.  If you don't want to write about a specific technique, you can instead write about how your homestead exemplifies one of the twelve permaculture principles

In either case, please include your location, your gardening zone, at least one photo (more is better), and anything else you consider relevant.  I'll want to be able to use your information on this blog and perhaps in an ebook, so by entering, you'll be agreeing to allow me to make use of your text and images with no further compensation.  (I don't mind if you use the same information elsewhere, though, which I think means you're licensing your intellectual property under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.)  Please let me know if you'd rather remain anonymous or whether I can use your first and/or last name when attributing your work as well.

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All entries must hit my email inbox by July 31 at midnight, and once they're in, I'll pick my favorites.  Depending on how many boxes of onions we have (at least six and probably quite a lot more), everyone may win, or only the best entries may get prizes.  And, as I mentioned above, I'll mail you a signed copy of my book instead if you win and would rather read than plant.

I'm looking forward to hearing about your permaculture experiments!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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