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Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens: 86-yr-old farmwoman's lively advice Paperback – May 7, 2009

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I love this book--written in such a natural, endearing voice--makes me want to climb into a hammock in the middle of a green field, breathe in a farm and listen to the chickens cluck. ANNA QUINN, THE WRITERS' WORKSHOPPE, PORT TOWNSEND, WA --NW Trillium Press It is one of those remarkable lucky strokes of fate that Minnie arranged to sail on the Titanic, but when the ship wasn't ready, came across on another boat. In any case, this charming little book, a veritable bible on how to raise chickens, is being pushed into a local best-seller by Minnie Rose's neighbors and friends. EMMETT WATSON, SEATTLE PI, APRIL, 1975 --NW Trillium Press A priceless present to chicken lovers everywhere....a hand-lettered, illustrated, 30-page booklet that I checked out of my public library close to 30 years ago. Once I'd read it, I knew I needed my own copy, but the book had gone out of print, so I borrowed my favorite portions of it writing down parts of her recipe and following it over the years. Last summer, I received a press release about its 3rd release, (with the book) autographed by Nancy, and knew it was cause for celebration! With ageless mother wit and pluck, a voice from a lost world that is VERY relevant to modern-day chicken lovers. MARYJANESFARM MAGAZINE, DEC.-JAN., 2010 --NW Trillium Press If you are just getting started with chickens, this charming book has the fresh, natural voice of a wise old neighbor sharing a lifetime of experience and skill. As Minnie Rose Lovgreen explains, chickens are the gardner's best friends, eagerly eating weeds, seeds, and bugs. They fluff up soil beautifully, enriching it with their homemade fertilizer as they make it ready to plant. This book will be a splendid guide for beginners and an absolute delight for chicken lovers everywhere. ANN LOVEJOY, AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, CHICKEN LOVER The perfect book for difficult times. Mother wit has come around again to reclaim its rightful place among the perennial virtues. Minnie Rose Lovgreen's chicken knowledge is a kind of poetry of the earth and it yields fresh eggs. A wonderfully put-together little book, as it should be. MIKE DILLON, POET AND PUBLISHER, PACIFIC PUBLISHING CO., SEATTLE, APRIL, 2009 --NW Trillium Press --NW Trillium Press

If you are just getting started with chickens, this charming book has the fresh, natural voice of a wise old neighbor sharing a lifetime of experience and skill. As Minnie Rose Lovgreen explains, chickens are the gardner's best friends, eagerly eating weeds, seeds, and bugs. They fluff up soil beautifully, enriching it with their homemade fertilizer as they make it ready to plant. This book will be a splendid guide for beginners and an absolute delight for chicken lovers everywhere. ANN LOVEJOY, AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, CHICKEN LOVER The perfect book for difficult times. Mother wit has come around again to reclaim its rightful place among the perennial virtues. Minnie Rose Lovgreen's chicken knowledge is a kind of poetry of the earth and it yields fresh eggs. A wonderfully put-together little book, as it should be. MIKE DILLON, POET AND PUBLISHER, PACIFIC PUBLISHING CO., SEATTLE, APRIL, 2009 --NW Trillium Press

...a delight--practical and charming. We've sold hundreds of copies....So glad it's back in print. PAUL HANSEN & MARY GLEYSTEEN, EAGLE HARBOR BOOK CO., BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA I love this book--written in such a natural, endearing voice--makes me want to climb into a hammock in the middle of a green field, breathe in a farm and listen to the chickens cluck. ANNA QUINN, THE WRITERS' WORKSHOPPE, PORT TOWNSEND, WA It is one of those remarkable lucky strokes of fate that Minnie arranged to sail on the Titanic, but when the ship wasn't ready, came across on another boat. In any case, this charming little book, a veritable bible on how to raise chickens, is being pushed into a loca --NW Trillium Press

If you are just getting started with chickens, this charming book has the fresh, natural voice of a wise old neighbor sharing a lifetime of experience and skill. As Minnie Rose Lovgreen explains, chickens are the gardner's best friends, eagerly eating weeds, seeds, and bugs. They fluff up soil beautifully, enriching it with their homemade fertilizer as they make it ready to plant. This book will be a splendid guide for beginners and an absolute delight for chicken lovers everywhere. ANN LOVEJOY, AUTHOR, EDUCATOR, CHICKEN LOVER The perfect book for difficult times. Mother wit has come around again to reclaim its rightful place among the perennial virtues. Minnie Rose Lovgreen's chicken knowledge is a kind of poetry of the earth and it yields fresh eggs. A wonderfully put-together little book, as it should be. MIKE DILLON, POET AND PUBLISHER, PACIFIC PUBLISHING CO., SEATTLE, APRIL, 2009 --NW Trillium Press

...a delight--practical and charming. We've sold hundreds of copies....So glad it's back in print. PAUL HANSEN & MARY GLEYSTEEN, EAGLE HARBOR BOOK CO., BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WA I love this book--written in such a natural, endearing voice--makes me want to climb into a hammock in the middle of a green field, breathe in a farm and listen to the chickens cluck. ANNA QUINN, THE WRITERS' WORKSHOPPE, PORT TOWNSEND, WA It is one of those remarkable lucky strokes of fate that Minnie arranged to sail on the Titanic, but when the ship wasn't ready, came across on another boat. In any case, this charming little book, a veritable bible on how to raise chickens, is being pushed into a local best-seller by Minnie Rose's neighbors and friends. EMMETT WATSON, SEATTLE PI, APRIL, 1975 --NW Trillium Press

About the Author

Minnie Rose Lovgreen was born in 1888 down the fen in Norfolk County, England. She was the eighth of nineteen children. All of them helped work the 200 acres her father farmed. At age eleven, Minnie Rose hired herself out as a mother's helper to an elderly couple in Ely, Cambridgeshire. From then on she supported herself. In 1922, she and her brother decided they could go ahead better in Canada. They booked passage on the Titanic, but arrived at the Southampton dock to find the sailing time delayed. Being impatient, they boarded another ship instead and arrived safely in Montreal. In 1920 she moved to Bainbridge Island, Washington, from Vancouver, B.C., and found a position as children s nursemaid. There she married Danish-born Leo Lovgreen, who worked in a local dairy. They saved and worked together to build their own dairy, beginning with six cows on a rented nine-acre farm. The Lovgreens' Bainbridge Dairy prospered for 30 years and grew to 75 cows on 120 acres. Leo and Minnie and their two sons delivered milk all over Bainbridge Island for ten cents a quart with half a pint of cream on top. .
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: NW Trillium Press; 3rd Edition edition (May 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982455399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982455395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dianna Davis on May 30, 2002
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The art of raising healthy and happy egg-laying chickens as told by Minnie Rose, age 87! If you ever had the thought you might like to have farm fresh eggs, with free-ranging, happy chickens, this book is a must. Minnie Rose walks you through everything from baby chick care, to how the mother hen teaches and communicates with her young, to the best physical setup including a dust bath area! An absolutely delightful and educational book.
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After reading "Minnie Rose Lovegreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens", I almost wish that I had been born a Bantam hen on her farm. Just imagine being raised by a woman whose philosophy was "The main thing is to keep them happy." Sixty years of loving and observing chickens, Minnie knew every trick to keep her chickens happy and productive; from early morning feeding to ensure early laying of eggs that day, to burlap panel curtains in the hen house for their privacy. A must read for anyone who raises chickens and a delightful informative read for everyone else.
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Rough Humor/Wry Wisdom
In a time of I-pods, BlackBerrys, and Twitters,
Minnie Rose Lovgreen's rough wisdom,
down-home words and wry humor glow
like a coal oil lamp to remind us what much
of our country sounded like--back when.
Thank you, Minnie Rose and everyone who
hatched this little book.
Jay Payne, who listens for the bees
& frogs that once sang in our back yard.
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On Bainbridge Island, an idyllic wooded island in the Puget Sound near Seattle that is home to this delightful book, people are increasingly wanting locally grown food. This little book is the genuine article, republished from the days when islanders like Minnie Rose knew how to keep her chickens happy, plump and healthy. This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Rekow, a 46-year resident of Bainbridge who, with retired local school teacher Everett Thompson, has just published the third edition of "Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Raising Chickens." Originally published by Nancy on Bainbridge in 1975 -- three months before Minnie Lovgreen's death -- this hand-lettered and hand-illustrated little book is a gem that is relevant all over again for islanders who want to raise free-range chickens and eat healthy and truly-fresh eggs. It's a charming book -- for yourself, and to read to a child.
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Chicken owners are a unique clan. We love our chickens and we want what's best for them. Minnie Rose understood chicken-love. Call it abnormal or maybe even transference if you like - but if you raise chickens, you know what I mean. This charming little book is full of helpful information and it's unique, with Nancy Rekow's calligraphy and Elizabeth Hutchinson Zwick's illustrations. One thing is for sure - as long as you have happy chickens -- you won't go hungry!
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This hand-lettered book contains many tried & true plans for success in raising healthy, happy chickens. The voice of the author comes through, with her quaint way of speaking (e.g.,"They eat that like everything."), and the rooster & chicken illustrations are charming! Here is good, old-fashioned advice on TLC for chickens, appropriate for all ages.
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What a great book! I read it cover to cover in one evening and really enjoyed Minnie Rose's wit and wisdom. So many of the things she recommends are things I do with my own chickens. Highly recommend this book!
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A new friend gave me Minnie Rose Lovgreen's RECIPE FOR RAISING CHICKENS which has been highly praised by chicken-raisers and their media. The title was so far from my own books and normal interests in American Women's History, Psychology, and British "cozy" mysteries that I couldn't imagine liking it.
How wrong I was! RECIPE FOR RAISING CHICKENS is a delightful down-too-earth
description of the "broody" bantam hen selecting the proper environment, laying her eggs, the food that she and her chicks enjoy (and at what stage and season), housing and medical care according to mother-hen preferences, how the rooster breaks up spats, and the like. Mother-hens talk to their babies still in their shells just as mother-humans talk to their babies in the womb or play music for them. I just wish that I'd had this book while I was raising my five daughters. The secret of Minnie Rose's success is "to keep them happy," not a bad prescription for human children as well.
This is an anthropology, but not of humans, rather of animals, and the complexity of their lives is a wonderful thing to behold! I would be remiss if I didn't mention the lovely printing job by Nancy Rekow who hand-lettered the book, and Elizabeth Hutchinson Zwick who illustrated it, creating more of a charming work of art than the traditional press effort.
Do your friends a favor whether they are new or old. Give them RECIPE FOR RAISING CHICKENS.
--Patricia Weenolsen, author of THE CAVE OF STORMS
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