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Win a free homesteading calendar!

Jayne with calendar
Homesteading calendar

The 2014 Homesteading Calendar is now ready to preorder!  You can see all the pages and read far more than you probably care to hear on its official page.  The most relevant points are:

  • Mark's step-Mom, Jayne, is 80% responsible for making this calendar a reality.  Thank you, Jayne!
  • It's pretty!  The proof copy is shown above --- the real calendar will look slightly different, mostly in that it will be stitched instead of spiral bound.  I liked the proof so much I immediately sent it on to my mother, who was over the moon about it.
  • It costs $11.99 plus $2 shipping (with the shipping not increasing no matter how many calendars you buy).  (Sorry we weren't able to keep the price down to $9.99 --- we went for pretty instead of cheap.)

My only reservation about this calendar project was my terror that we'd end up with boxes of perishable product that are suddenly useless on January 1.  So I hope you'll help me spread the word so that all 300 copies find happy homes in the next two months!

To sweeten the pot, we're going to draw a name out of the hat and give away a free calendar next week.  To enter the drawing, spread the word in any way you want --- in person, on facebook, on your blog, etc. --- then leave a comment with a note on your efforts by midnight November 3, 2013.  I'll add your name into the hat once for every venue you hit, and then I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner.  Be sure to check back here Monday to see who wins so you can collect your prize!



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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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I just put out a call to see if anyone wanted to save on shipping and combine orders with me. I've already gotten one response, in the 5 minutes since I posted. :) Very excited about this calendar...
Comment by Amanda Tue Oct 29 09:13:09 2013
The pictures on the calendar are beautiful.Put my name in the hat!
Comment by marlyn Tue Oct 29 09:17:03 2013
posted it on facebook. Even if I win one, I'm going to need another for a christmas gift.
Comment by Stephen Tue Oct 29 09:25:34 2013
Shared on our Facebook page Homegrown and Loving it.
Comment by Bobby Tue Oct 29 10:54:43 2013
Just told everyone within a four cubical radius in my cubicle farm job about it. Will also tell my family when I see them tonight.
Comment by Emily from Bristol Tue Oct 29 11:43:39 2013
Just posted to all my friends on Facebook! The Calendar looks great!!!! Still loving my water systems from you!
Comment by John Stone Tue Oct 29 11:47:37 2013
Thank you all for your enthusiasm, and for spreading the word!
Comment by anna Tue Oct 29 13:05:13 2013
Ordered my two copies! Thank you and Mark! <3 <3 <3
Comment by Karen B Tue Oct 29 18:28:35 2013
Beautiful calendar!
Comment by Patti Wheetman Tue Oct 29 20:23:47 2013
It's beautiful!! Congratulations on it's completion. I linked to your giveaway on the Thy Hand Hath Provided's facebook page. I'm just helping spread the word- you don't need to consider this an entry :-). Blessings to you both!
Comment by You Can Call Me Jane Tue Oct 29 20:27:11 2013
I told everyone at my workplace. Thanks!
Comment by Anne Figge Wed Oct 30 02:22:17 2013

What Calendar program are you using to create this calendar? I have sued one called Photo Calendar Creator Pro, but I do not think it can do everything yours is displaying. Thank you.

Comment by M Wed Oct 30 07:50:16 2013
M --- I believe Jayne used the online software at https://www.createphotoproducts.com/CreatePhotoCalendarsOnline.html, then exported the file to print elsewhere. Luckily, I didn't have to understand all the details. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Oct 30 08:01:07 2013
shared this on FB - what a beautiful, useful calendar!
Comment by Katrina Wed Oct 30 08:38:10 2013
I shared with my friends on Twitter. Please enter me in the drawing for a free calendar. Thank you. :)
Comment by Belinda R Thu Oct 31 05:43:20 2013





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