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I am a writer, photographer and homesteader who lives off-grid on a 40-acre farm in the foothills near Sequim with my husband, David. I was born in Champaign, Illinois and grew up in Seattle, in a family of eight children. David and I moved to the farm in 2006. We began raising heritage-breed chickens in 2007, followed by turkeys and ducks in 2008. We have been selling our organic chicken and duck eggs to the Alder Wood Bistro and seasonally at several retail stores in Sequim since Spring 2008.

My first book, Pure Poultry: Living well with heritage chickens, turkeys and ducks, was published in November 2013. Pure Poultry is a memoir of our first few years raising raising heritage poultry. Written entirely from first-hand experience starting as raw beginners, it tells the story of how David and I made the transition from big city life to off-grid homesteading, with all the humor, frustration, mistakes and small triumphs that continue to be part of our daily life on the farm.

Craft Distilling: Making liquor legally at home, is my second book, due to be published January 2016. Click here for more information, or visit the media kit page for a synopsis, endorsements and more.

My current project (and, I’m hoping, the subject of my next book) has been building an outdoor oven. Stay tuned for more information about this very interesting and useful addition to our homestead.

In addition to raising poultry, distilling and baking, I am always working toward enhancing our family’s self-reliance with gardening, food preservation, craft brewing and distilling, and other traditional skills. Find out more of what we’re up to by following my blogs: Pot Pies and Egg Money and Canyon Creek Farms. Keep up to date on my upcoming speaking engagements and other events on this site!

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