Interview on The Hill and Dale Show at latalkradio.com July 18, 2012
to hoe and sew," Toronto Star, April 13, 2012.
Includes 2 paragraphs about Minnie Rose's Recipe for Raising Chickens
in the Wind,
in the Dark,
- Collected Poems by Bob McAllister 1971-2010
Photographs by Joel Sackett, now available from NW Trillium Press
is magic for 'Mad Priest' McAllister," by Connie Mears, Bainbridge Review,
March 3, 2011
three poems about chickens and Minnie Rose:
Them Happy," Said Minnie Rose Lovgreen"
and Raising Chickens in a Motorcycle Sidecar Moving 100 MPH"
Rose Lovgreen, 1887-1975"
Maxa, Christine, "How
to Raise a Brood of Chickens...in Your Back Yard," January,
"Parting Legacy," in The Chicken Keepers, Chickens
Hobby Farms Magazines, January/February 2012, pp. 64-65.
Are You, Chicken?" Standard Magazine, Standard
Issue 7, Fall Harvest, 2011. Seeing MRL's Recipe for Raising
Chickens inspired Mallory Hamel to look at 5 innovative
ideas for chicken coops from Holland, Portland (OR), Seattle, Santa
Barbara, and VintageGardenGal.com.
Audio Interview with Nancy Rekow by Doris Jeanette on her "Live
at the Edge" Radio Show," July, 2011
Chandler, Jeri Lynn, “Raising
happy backyard chickens with advice from Minnie Rose Lovgreen,”
examiner.com, San Francisco, June 28, 2011
The Royal Family Blog, June 15, 2011. Win copy ofMRL's Recipe for
Paul, "Minnie Rose Lovgreen's Recipe for Rearing Chickens," review,
School of Sustainability
blog, England, June1, 2011
Merrill Baum for her mention in Milwaukee
Organic Food Examiner.
of Recipe for Raising Chickens,
plateup.roanoke.com, March 2, 2011.
McCausland, Jim, "Want
to raise some chickens? Minnie Rose Lovgreen shows the way,"
Fresh Dirt blog, November 23, 2010, Sunset
For Raising Chickens: Your Homegrown Egg Recall Solution In Book
Weekly,September 2, 2010
"Living on Earth,"
the NPR program,
recently spoke with Nancy Rekow
about Minnie Rose Lovgreen. This interview was
July 23-24. Click here for Nancy's
Click here to
listen to the complete program.
Wisdom, "June 5, 2010:
Interview with Nancy Rekow
, Seattle, WA, Public Radio
of Minnie Rose Lovgreen,"
- May, 2010
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Rose Lovgreen's Story
In 1912, a young English country-woman named Minnie Rose Enefer
booked passage on the Titanic, but fortunately then grew restless and sailed on a ship leaving
earlier. Eventually she moved to Bainbridge Island, WA, where she
married Danish Leo Lovgreen. Together, with their 2 sons, they ran a thriving 170-acre dairy
farm on Bainbridge for 30 years.
Minnie Rose, a
chicken lover and gifted storyteller, had always wanted to write a book on
raising chickens, but was always too busy. Then in Nov., 1974, soon
after her 86th birthday, she was diagnosed with cancer. Her
friend Nancy Rekow took
the ferry into Seattle, appeared in her hospital room with a tape
recorder, and said, "Minnie Rose, now we're going to write your
book." And they did.
For days, in that
hospital room, Nancy listened and tape-recorded Minnie's wise words, then transcribed the tapes, edited and hand-lettered the
entire text, enlisted their friend and neighbor, Elizabeth Hutchison, to illustrate
the book, and self-published a 1st edition of 1,000 copies that sold
out in a month.
"I was busy
with four young children, so didn't have time to reprint and go on
publishing the book," Nancy says. In
May, 1975, she took the book to Seattle where Pacific Search Press agreed
to print a 2nd edition of 20,000 copies. (That 2nd Edition has now been
out of print for many years.)
Meanwhile in May, 1975, Minnie Rose celebrated the book's 2nd
an autograph party and
also appeared on
King TV. She died that same year, pleased to know that her
chicken-raising advice was reaching thousands of people across the
Because Nancy and Elizabeth, the illustrator, had little time to put the
book together that cold spring, they had to improvise--especially
draw fighting roosters when she owned only one, she set up a mirror under
her barn, then drew the rooster fiercely battling his own
reflection. For the dust-bath illustration, she dried the soggy Northwest
mud under the barn with a heat lamp and drew the chickens happily taking
Click for more of Minnie Rose's story in her own words. For her complete
life story, read Far As I Can
Remember: An Immigrant Woman's Story, 1888-1975
Rekow (top) recorded and hand-lettered Minnie Rose Lovgreen's
Recipe for Raising Chickens. Elizabeth
Hutchison Zwick (bottom), another of Minnie's friends, illustrated and
designed it. Elizabeth recently visited us on Bainbridge Island
(on the way to Alaska) from her home in southern Oregon
Elizabeth is a graphic designer who has designed and illustrated
numerous books. Wonderful to see her!
her beautiful cover for Shadowchaser of the Siskiyous
by Kim Zwemer-Margulis, illustrated by Elizabeth Zwich. Order
this book from Amazon.
at another of Elizabeth's pages in this book.
We recently discovered this
charcoal drawing done in the 1960s by an artist friend of Minnie Rose Lovgreen,
Shirley Parrish. If you'd like to see an enlargement, click on the
picture. We hope
to have more information about the artist soon.
- Far As I Can
Remember: An Immigrant
We are pleased to offer Recipe
Raising Chickens T-Shirts
illustrations from the
book on front and
back. Click for
more information and orders. PRICE REDUCED!
Rose Enefer/Lovgreen’s life story, told in her down-to-earth
style, is an amazing tale of a Victorian girl’s journey from a
small English village to life in the New
World….heartwarming…beautiful….will leave readers feeling they
have made a new friend in Minnie Rose."
- ~Pam Griffin, North Shropshire Chronicle,
this book is more than reading words. It’s like hearing a voice in
your ear and mind that remains long after the pages end….Minnie
Rose lives in these pages with all her homespun wit, courage and
- ~Bob McAllister,
Professor of English, Olympic College, WA
detail….extraordinary storytelling gifts. For Minnie Rose Lovgreen,
‘far as I can remember’ is a very long way indeed."
- ~Kathleen Thorne, Adult Program Coord.,
Kitsap Regional Library, WA
is one thing researching ancestors from censuses and certificates,
but quite another to hear their stories direct. Miinie Rose Enefer/Lovgreen
is sadly no longer with us....she has left us a story of a poor
country girl who through sheer determination made something of her
life....in her own words, the book brings to life an incredible
woman who can only be described as a unique character, perhaps the
sort of character that sadly no longer exists. She understates both
her hardships and achievements, but her quick fire mind and quaint
turn of phrase make her story both engaging and inspirational....
makes me proud of my surname--I just only wish I can live up to
- ~Andy Enefer,
distant relative of Minnie Rose, Verwood, Dorset, UK
life experience kept me enchanted for hours....and her thoughts have
stayed with me."
- ~Trude Lisagor,
author of Small Things: Words from my namesake
- "….testament to
what good health and a strong back could earn a British immigrant in
- ~Kathleen Alcala,
author of Treasures in Heaven
funny, and wise....Minnie Rose Lovgreen’s story is the story of the
American immigrant experience….bringing such rich history to the
- ~Rebecca Judd,
Branch Manager, Bainbridge Public Library
Articles, Blogs, and Interviews
books to read after checking the egg recall list," by Rebekah
Denn, Chapter & Verse blog, August 23, 2010, Christian
taps Minnie Rose Lovgreen" by
Jamie Passaro, Northwest Book Lovers: Local and Independent News and Views,
Northwest Reprints, August 26, 2010.
Thanks to Jamie, and to Thom Chambliss, Executive Director, Pacific
Northwest Booksellers Association
Minute, a Video by Jim Parks.
Jim created a clever and entertaining YouTube video about MRL's Recipe for Raising Chickens.
Take a minute to watch
to Minnie Rose's Voice
Francisco, July 11
Island Japanese-American Exclusion Memorial
Dedicated on August