Antiquity Oaks blog, you know what's been happening on the farm, but there was also a bit of author drama in the past month that I wrote about on my writer's blog.
The quick summary is that we've been having lots of babies (chicks, goats, lambs, and ducklings), predator problems (lost three chickens and a pregnant ewe), and terrible heat (upper 90s). On the author front, I was finishing up edits on my next book, which will be out this fall, and we received word that the title used a trademarked word, so there was much discussion, many emails, lawyers consulted, and finally a new title chosen, which meant a revised cover. So, Ecothrifty is now in the hands of the graphic designer that is turning the Word document into a book!
There is good news about Homegrown and Handmade though! It is going back to the presses for a second printing! And it is a finalist for the Book of the Year Award in the "home and garden" category, which is a huge honor and a wonderful surprise.
I'm also coordinating a homesteading conference for Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL, on September 1, followed by a goat workshop the next day out on my farm. Click here for more details on the conference.
This next weekend, I'll be flying out to Seattle to speak at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup. I'll be talking about "Choosing Livestock For Your Homestead," "The Traditional Home Dairy," and "Why Homegrown and Handmade." I am also hoping to attend some sessions and tell you all about the interesting things I learn. If you are in the Pacific Northwest and are able to attend the fair, I hope you'll introduce yourself!