check these out: chickens, bees & a good read (giveaway)

I am kind of a hodge-podge reader when it comes to my genre of choice.  You are as likely to find a mystery novel next to a memoir on top of a sports documentary.  If it strikes my fancy, I’m pretty certain to be reading it.  I do have weakness for honeybees (duh!), homesteading and good plain-old storytelling.  The “check it out” section of this blog is where you’ll find the latest books I delved into and want to share with you!

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

Sometimes you are fortunate enough to find a book that pulls you in so completely that you live the stories and know the characters.  You begin depriving yourself of sleep so that you don’t have to pull away from the world the author has created.  Mudbound by Hillary Jordan is one of these books.  It’s a truly fine craft of fiction and perfect example of writing and storytelling at its best.

The story is set in the mid 1940’s in the rural south and is arranged with chapters narrated by different characters all interwoven together.  It’s a tragedy of heartbreaking proportions, but filled with an intense love and palpable ache.  With the historical backdrop of WWII, the stage is set for an inevitable racial clash that illustrates the harsh life of rural farming and brings to the forefront the tragic consequences of ignorance and prejudice.  Truly a “must read” book!

Where to buy:

The Beekeeper’s Lament: How One Man and Half a Billion Honey Bees Help Feed America by Hannah Nordhaus

Honeybees are fascinating to me on so many levels, particularly commercial beekeeping.  I don’t have any personal experience with it and I find the sheer volume of the operations to be mind-boggling.  Commercial beekeeping is a huge operation in our country and makes it possible for some of yours and my favorite foods to hit our dinner tables and stock our kitchen shelves.

Nordhaus has done a phenomenal job of combining excellent storytelling with informative journalism.  She gives a great background of the history of beekeeping, the current issues and problems and how beekeeping on a commercially massive scale has altered our food system, the bees’ health and the landscape of America.

If you have an interest in elements of our national food system, honeybees (yay!) or those massive semis that travel across the country and back with billions of bees – this book is for you.

Where to buy:

Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens by Minnie Rose Lovgreen

Parents, grandparents and great-grandparents are a blessing.  They bring a unique perspective to life and I find them fascinating to talk to and ask questions of.  One of my favorite people to talk to was my Grandma Mary.  She came from a large family and grew up on a farm.  Her real-life stories were better than most books and played out like historical fiction.

Minnie Rose Lovgreen was born in 1888 and her story is set in one of our local gems, Bainbridge Island.  She was raised on a farm in England and after moving to the states, had a flourishing dairy farm with her husband on the island.  Like most working farms of the day chickens were a common addition to the livestock.

Her book is a simple read filled with practical and economical advice for everyone from a beginning chicken rearer to a seasoned veteran.  It reads the way you’d expect a conversation with your 80-year old grandmother to play out.  And, it has some fascinating tidbits that I’ve never read in other chicken books.  Did you know that the time of day you feed your chickens affects when they lay?

Lovgreen passed away in 1975 and the book’s editors did a wonderful job of tapping into the unique resource that she was before she died and putting together her firsthand advice and account of farm life.  You simply can’t put a price tag on the historical significance of an old sage’s wisdom.

Where to buy:

And, here’s the ggggg-giveaway…

Two {!!} lucky Sacred Bee Blog readers will win one of the following:

  • A copy of Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s Recipe for Raising Chickens by Minnie Rose Lovgreen

Interested in entering the giveaway? Comment on this post and tell me: What are your thoughts on chickens?  Do you have ‘em?  Do you love ‘em?  Do they give you the heebie-jeebies?  Do you love eggs?

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Winners will be drawn on Thursday, November 1st, 2011 at 8:00pm PST.

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15 Responses to check these out: chickens, bees & a good read (giveaway)

  1. Lauriel says:

    We love chickens and can’t wait to get our coop up and running again!

  2. Lauriel says:

    I subscribe via email

  3. katherine says:

    we are seriously considering becoming ‘urban chicken farmers’ so this would be great! 🙂

  4. katherine says:

    i subscribe via google reader.

  5. Britt T. says:

    Yes, I love chickens. I’ve currently got 6 and they produce some of THE BEST eggs!


  6. Lauriel says:

    I subscribe via google reader

  7. Arlis says:

    We have 7 hens and one rooster–we’ve had them about two months. We *love* them! They are relaxing to watch when we let them out daily to roam, eating (gorging) on grasshoppers. We love the eggs, too. I also enjoy listening to them–they really seem to have a calming effect on me.

    I just discovered your blog. It’s wonderful! Congratulations on your new baby!

  8. Laura says:

    We just started with chickens back in March, and have loved every moment, except when the Rooster decided he didn’t want to play nice any longer. He was a gem up until about a month ago, now I have to carry a rake, to keep some distance between him and me. The eggs are awesome, and are having fun finding people to take the extra eggs we have. We’ve been getting about 4 dozen eggs /week out of 9 hens.

  9. Lily Kwan says:

    I love chickens and eggs! I think it would be fun to keep chickens as pets.

  10. Lily Kwan says:

    I subscribed by email.

  11. Lily Kwan says:

    I follow you on Facebook under the username likwan.

  12. Lily Kwan says:

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted about this post at!/likwan/status/131557722436018176.

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