“A hands-on, independent person”—that, in a nutshell, is Deborah Niemann, a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. In 2002, Niemann relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32-acre parcel on a creek “in the middle of nowhere”. Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables.
And, she also “grew” produce of another sort: a book. Niemann is the author of Homegrown and Handmade, a comprehensive guide to food and fiber from scratch. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling. (For more information, visit her website and her blog.) [click to continue…]
Christine Adamec started her 30-plus year writing career discovering what she shouldn’t be: a counselor! Now, as a career freelance writer and author, she has numerous books and hundreds of magazine, newspaper and Internet articles to her credit. (For more information, visit her website.) [click to continue…]