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Year of Plenty

Sunset Magazine “One-Block Feast” Contest and Book

image from www.homebysunset.comThere are still 5 days to enter this cool contest at Sunset Magazine. Here's the description at their One-Block Feast blog:

THE CONTEST

The One-Block Feast
, our book based on this blog, gives you everything you need to grow a summer feast. It includes planting plans, gardening advice, and food project guides (how to make vinegar, raisebees for honey, brew beer, and more), plus over 100 recipes.

Here's the challenge: With the book as your guide, you and your family, and/or friends and neighbors, will grow a summer garden, following our plan—or planting whatever grows best in your area. Then you’ll throw a block party for yourselves, using (as much as possible) only what you’ve raised or made. For a preview of the book, which comes out March 22, visit our website.

THE PRIZE
We’ll tell your story and feature you in an upcoming issue ofSunset as well as on our blog. You’ll also get $500 cash to spend however you like.

ENTRY DEADLINE: MARCH 30, 2011

Send us a brief paragraph about why you’d like to enter this contest, plus a list of:

• Plants you’ll grow
• Food projects you’ll take on
• Recipes (original) you plan to make for your party
• Names of those who’ll be involved in the project

Include a contact name, address, email, and phone. Then send your entry to oneblockparty@sunset.com or Sunset magazine, 80 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, 94025 (attention: One-Block Party).

We’ll choose 10 finalists by April 8 and send each group a book (additional copies will be available for $10, a significant discount off the cover price of $24.95). Then it’s Go Time in your gardens!

This sounds like a good community garden project. I'm thinking of drawing up an entry for thePumpkin Patch Community Garden. (FYI - we have a workday tomorrow, March 26, if you want to come and dig in the dirt for awhile.)

Go here for find out more about the One-Block Feast project or go here to get a copy. There is also a Kindle version. If you're in the no-man's land between print books and e-books you may find thisPublisher's Weekly article interesting. They claim that print books are better in every case except cookbooks.



Year of Plenty

The Year of Plenty blog was created by Craig Goodwin in the winter of 2008 to chronicle the experiences of his family as they sought to consume everything local, used, homegrown or homemade. That journey was a wonderful introduction to people and movements in the Spokane area who are seeking the welfare of the community through local foods, farmers markets, community gardens, sustainable transportation, and more fulfilling and just patterns of consumption. In 2009 and beyond the blog will continue to report on these relationships and practices, all through the eyes of a family with young children. Craig manages the Millwood Farmers' Market, is a Master Food Preserver and Pastor at Millwood Presbyterian Church. Craig can be reached at goody2230@gmail.com