I am a writer with deep ties to the urban homesteading movement—a passion rooted in my Amish/Mennonite heritage. Growing up, I absorbed the waste-not-want-not ethic of my forebears. My parents regularly conscripted me for gardening and food preserving projects. These days I consider myself a Radical Homemaker–a phrase coined by Shannon Hayes to describe those who structure their lives in accordance with the values of family, community, justice, and the health of the planet.
I have written for national and regional publications, both online and print, including Kiwanis Magazine, Edible Indy, Indiana Living Green, and Angie’s List Magazine. My current project is a nonfiction book interweaving my personal journey with profiles of communities working toward resilience. As a recipient of a 2013-14 Indiana Arts Commission grant, I will be traveling to several sites to explore the subject. I was also awarded a Mesa Refuge residency, allowing me focused time to work on the project.