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Farewell and Thank You – Big Sky Boots [Giveaway]


I have to go out on a high note right? I really can’t wrap up my blogging without saying THANK YOU to all of my friends and followers! And I have the PERFECT gift for one lucky person!

Thanks to the generosity and creativity of my friend Lauren Chase at the Montana StockGrowers Association (MSGA), I have a great work of art to share. Big Sky Boots: Working Seasons of a Montana Cowboy is the first in a series of Photo books that highlights the work, passion, and lives of the Montana Cattlemen, women, and their ranching families. This book is seriously a piece to treasure.

Chase (@LaurenMSea) has traveled numerous miles and spent hours working alongside Montana ranchers to take us “on a journey through a year in the life of Montana’s cowboys—through calving, branding, and shipping, and everything in between.” She is a perfect example of how someone can grow up and not have a background in agriculture, but develop a strong love and passion for this way of life. A great example for many.

The book contains very high-quality photos of the Montana scenery, the story of the rancher’s work through the seasons, and links to online content for more behind the story. She really does a great job of sharing the Agriculture story with those who want to learn more about where their food comes from.

I have a copy that will go to one lucky winner. Anyone can enter, but if the winner is on a farm or ranch, I ask that you eventually pass it along to someone who wants to learn more about American Agriculture (as that is one purpose of the MSGA project).

How do you enter to win?

You can win a copy of Big Sky Boots ($75.00 value)! Fill out the form below and respond to the question from a consumer’s perspective – “How can you learn more about American Agriculture?”

Put some thought into it. In what ways can you reach out to farmers, ranchers, and those involved in our food production system to learn more about where our food comes from? How can you reach out, ask questions, and work with others to make improvements in a productive manner?

I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator from the responses to the contact form below. The winner will be contacted on Thursday, November 15th and responses will be shared on this blog.

If you just can’t wait, visit the MSGA web site to order your copy. It will make a great Christmas gift for someone!

THANK YOU to everyone who has followed my blogging efforts over the past 3+ years. As I take a difficult break to pursue studies in graduate school, I hope you’ll continue seeking first-hand sources to learn more about modern agriculture. Farewell for now and enter to win!

Rules for contest:

  • One entry per email address.
  • Entries must be made by 12:00AM Eastern Thursday, November 15th, 2012
  • All required information in Entry Form must be completed
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator
  • Blog administrator reserves the right to disqualify entries based on site moderation policies listed on the About page.

Book Review: We Pointed Them North


Kinda proud of myself, I have been a bit more committed to my Readings and Ruminations book list recently. Last week I finished another first-hand account from a Cowboy on the trail in the late 1800s. We Pointed Them North is a collection of tales from Edward Charles (Teddy Blue) Abbott, as he told them to free-lance writer Helena Huntington Smith in 1938.

Teddy Blue was born in 1860 in England, to a family who immigrated and settled near Lincoln, Nebraska. As a boy, Teddy longed to be with the cowboys who rode north on the Texas cattle trails and eventually got his way when he left home. He made his living on the trail, taking several herds of cattle North to the great unknown. Eventually Teddy settled with some ranches in Montana, caring for the cattle year-round. He eventually teamed up with Granville Stuart of the D H S ranch, and married Stuart’s daughter.

Teddy Blue died in April of 1939, but not before leaving behind a huge impact on Montana Stockgrowers, the Montana ranching business, and not without sharing his accounts for all to enjoy. I could spend all day sharing Abbott’s stories about life in the Big Sky Country, but I’ll leave that for your reading. I’ll just say this book is a must-read and a unique account of a cowboy’s life in the late 1800s. Here’s a sneak peak to the book’s first 50 pages, but I highly recommend investing in the whole thing.

Have you read the book? What were your thoughts? Have any suggestions for similar reads?