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Meet the Team

Those that have the ability to help others have the moral obligation to do so
~Uncle Ben

 

Amber Bradshaw

Founder & Admin

Owner and Operator at www.myhomesteadlife.com and www.thefarmerslamp.com.
Amber and her family of five live Off-Grid on 46 acres in the mountains in East Tennessee. They filmed the build of their off-grid home for a TV show, Building Odd The Grid: Smoky Mountain Homestead, which is on the Discovery Channel and the DIY Network/HGTV.

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Janelle Veldkamp

Founder & Admin

Janelle lives on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks where her husband and 3 kids are building their farm and straw insulated house using permaculture principles. Founder of www.homesteadintheholler.com

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Scott Terry

Founder & Admin

Scott is a father of 8, a farmer, homesteader, blogger, podcaster, and consultant. Founder of northcountryfarmer.com and backwoodsresistance.com

AnnMarie Lewellyn

Admin

Annie is a mama to four and grandma to six. Yankee born with a love of the south. She loves old-fashioned ways with modern thinking. Annie is a homesteader, gardener, and blogger who enjoys “from scratch” cooking. She considers herself a crafty do-it-yourselfer and animal rescuer. She blogs at 15 Acre Homestead.

Lisa Lombardo

Admin

Lisa lives on a 1-acre homestead in Northern Illinois. Her farm roots are the inspiration for her blog The Self Sufficient HomeAcre and her website The New Homesteader's Almanac.

She raises poultry and keeps a large garden, butchering her own meat and preserving the harvest.

Kathi Rodgers

Admin

Kathi has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Country Almanac, Cat Country, Iams Your Cat, Country Decorating Ideas, and on websites including Hoegger Farmyard and Self-Reliant School. She is a member of Oklahoma Women Bloggers and former member of the Cat Writers Association. Kathi lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Nubian goats and her horse Ella. Her mission is to inspire and encourage her readers to live a simple, joyful life, no matter their circumstances or where they live. You'll find her posts at OakHillHomestead.com

Old Paths Contributors

15 Acre Homestead

AnnMarie Lewellyn

Annie is a mama to four and grandma to six. Yankee born with a love of the south. She loves old-fashioned ways with modern thinking. Annie is a homesteader, gardener, and blogger who enjoys “from scratch” cooking. She considers herself a crafty do-it-yourselfer and animal rescuer. She blogs at 15 Acre Homestead.

A Modern Homestead

Victoria Pruett

Victoria is a Texas homesteader who shares delicious real food recipes, canning and gardening help, frugal living tips, and more!

Learn more about her story on A Modern Homestead!

Better Hens and Gardens

Lesa Wilke

Lesa works as a writer and blogger specializing in all things homestead. She also co-owns Bramblestone Farm in northeastern Ohio, where they raise chickens, Nigerian Dwarf goats, honey bees and natural produce. Her passion is to inspire new homesteaders on their journey to more sustainable lifestyles via her blog Better Hens and Gardens. Her work also regularly appears in Chickens Magazine, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, and other North American periodicals.

Boots and Hooves Homestead

Mary Wiota

Mary is a Nebraska rancher’s wife, homesteader, and mama of 4. Originally from Southern California, now married to a real life cowboy and living the Midwest dream.

Mary blogs about the things she’s most passionate about: natural and green living, homesteading, simple family life. Follow along at Boots and Hooves Homestead.

 

Busy Hands Quiet Hearts

Pia Sonne

Pia is a homesteader living in a small, one bedroom apartment with her husband and son in Denmark. Pia is a firm believer in doing what you can, with what you have, where you are. Her apartment is filled with weird contraptions such as a spinning wheel, a dehydrator and a bomb just waiting to explode, no, wait, that's just a pressure canner...

You'll find her at Busy Hands Quiet Hearts

Candy's Farmhouse Pantry

Candy Kage

Self-Reliant and Homesteader from West Central Illinois. Sharing and learning about gardening, dehydrating, canning, fermenting, chickens, hunting, fishing, herbs, cooking from scratch, DIY cleaners, and personal hygiene. Staying out of the stores and providing for ourselves. Learn how to have Food Storage, Water, Storage, Emergency Preparedness.

You'll find her at Candy's Farmhouse Pantry

Country Living in Cariboo Valley

Annie Coombe

Annie Coombe and her family homestead in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. They grow their own food including their meat. Join her on Country Living in Cariboo Valley as she writes about gardening, hunting, fishing, cooking, renovating their farmhouse, making their own wine and lots more.

Flip Flop Barnyard

Jenna Dooley

Jenna is a busy wife and homeschooling mom of 8. She is passionate about natural living, raising pastured meats, organic/heirloom gardening, cooking from scratch, and all things old fashioned. You can find her chronicling her family's homesteading journey on her blog; The Flip Flop Barnyard as well as her YouTube Channel.

Food, Fitness, Family

Kyle Erickson

Kyle Erickson has an extensive nutrition and fitness coaching background. He owns and operates www.foodfitnessfamily.com, a functional health coaching, traditional foods and wise traditions focused website that educates the public and offers healthy lifestyle information for the whole person. This includes diet, exercise, sleep, detoxification & stress management. His background also includes CrossFit coaching, producing the CrossFit radio show and giving nutrition lectures at local gyms. He is currently in the practicum portion of the Kresser Institute's ADAPT Health Coaching Certification program and graduates in June. He also makes and sells traditional foods like sauerkraut, chicken liver pate & bone broth to his local community in North Bend, WA.

Gently Sustainable

Kelly Morris

Kelly lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband and children. She loves gardening, beekeeping, chickens and everything sustainable! You can find her at Gently Sustainable.

Healing Harvest Homestead

Heidi Villegas

Heidi homesteads on 26 acres of prairie pasture and timber pine in the Idaho panhandle. She and her husband grow their own food, raise Boer goats, enjoy a large assortment of poultry, and love their large menagerie of animals (dogs, cats, horses). Heidi is an herbalist in the western tradition and loves sharing knowledge about how to be naturally healthy, make and use your own plant medicine, traditional food preservation methods, making natural herbal soap and body care products, and lots more. Visit Healing Harvest Homestead for more self-reliance information.

Shawna - Homegrown Self Reliance.

Homegrown Self Reliance

Shawna

Shawna is a homestead blogger who loves animals, herbs, and home remedies. She lives in a small home with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandkids in the high desert of southwest Idaho. Come learn to be self-reliant through homesteading!

You can find her at Homegrown Self Reliance.

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Homestead in The Holler

Janelle Veldkamp

Janelle lives on a farm in the Missouri Ozarks where her husband and 3 kids are building their farm and straw insulated house using permaculture principles. Founder of www.homesteadintheholler.com

Homestead Lady

Tessa Zundel

Tessa Zundel is the homemaking, homesteading, homeschooling mother of five small children and wife to one long-suffering man. She currently lives on 15 acres in the wilds of Missouri. She is an advanced master gardener and has worked with several community groups in areas of home education, gardening, and seed saving. She is also the author of The Do It Yourself Homestead, as well as several other e-publications including, Herbs in the Bathtub. She is also the voice behind the homestead-family-building blog, Homestead Lady.

Learning and Yearning

Susan Vinskofski

Author Susan Vinskofski dug up her parents’ entire backyard at age 16 to plant a vegetable garden and has been gardening ever since. Susan is passionate about building soil and growing and eating the most nutrient-dense food she can find. When she’s not in the garden or blogging at Learning And Yearning, she’s in her kitchen preparing food, making herbal remedies, or whipping up a batch of homemade soap.

Living Life in Rural Iowa

Erica Nygaard

Erica lives and works in North Central Iowa. She lives and writes about prepping, homesteading, frugal living, and self-reliant living. She is a mom to four kids and grandma to two kids. While the nest is slowly getting emptier, she loves to garden, read a lot of books, watch documentaries, try new foods, and go to concerts.

You can find her at Life in Rural Iowa.

Little Sprouts Learning

Christina

A few years ago, I was tired, sick, and miserable. I had developed a ton of food allergies and didn’t know what to do. I started doing research and found out what was making me feel like crap all the time. Through that research, I realized these things that were making me sick cause so much illness for all of us. I want to share what I’ve learned. Healthy lifestyle habits, a good attitude and taking care of yourself is so important! I share what I've learned at Little Sprouts Learning.

My Homestead Life

Amber Bradshaw

Owner and Operator at www.myhomesteadlife.com and www.thefarmerslamp.com.
Amber and her family of five live Off-Grid on 46 acres in the mountains in East Tennessee. They filmed the build of their off-grid home for a TV show, Building Odd The Grid: Smoky Mountain Homestead, which is on the Discovery Channel and the DIY Network/HGTV.

North Country Farmer

Scott Terry

Scott is a father of 8, a farmer, homesteader, blogger, podcaster, and consultant. Founder of northcountryfarmer.com and backwoodsresistance.com

Oak Hill Homestead

Kathi Rodgers

Kathi has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Her articles have appeared in magazines such as Country Almanac, Cat Country, Iams Your Cat, Country Decorating Ideas, and on websites including Hoegger Farmyard and Self-Reliant School. She is a member of Oklahoma Women Bloggers and former member of the Cat Writers Association. Kathi lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Nubian goats and her horse Ella. Her mission is to inspire and encourage her readers to live a simple, joyful life, no matter their circumstances or where they live. You'll find her posts at OakHillHomestead.com.

Our Inpired Roots

Mindy Wood

Mindy Wood is the founder of Our Inspired Roots, the place to go for inspiration and instruction on homesteading and natural living for better health.
Learn to grow and cook healthy food and rely more on natural medicine and remedies.

Proverbs 31 Woman

Kristina Seleshanko

Kristina Seleshanko homesteads with her husband and two children on a mountaintop homestead. She's the author of 26 eclectic books, including "The Ultimate Dandelion Medicine Book," "Carry Me Over the Threshold: A Christian Guide to Wedding Traditions," and "A Vegetable for Every Season Cookbook." While she's written scores of articles for such publications as Woman's Day, Today's Christian Woman, Mother Earth News, Sew News, and others, she most enjoys blogging about topics related to homesteading, family, and faith.

Kristina blogs at Proverbs 31 Woman.

Rachel Abernathy

Rachel Abernathy

She was scared of a fly.

Her cousins laughed at her, that she was terrified and wouldn't even enter their kitchen because of a mere fly. But what could she say? She was born in the city, and it WAS a bee.

Things have changed a LOT. Not long after that experience, Rachel's family moved to the country, where she enjoyed a childhood full of the best that gardening, canning, and chicken keeping can bring. Those joys continued through her homeschooling and young adult years, when she eventually pursued a Master Herbalist Certification and started a virtual assistant and content marketing business to assist other homesteaders, farmers, homeschoolers, and real foodies. Today she occasionally blogs at Rachel Abernathy when she isn't making from-scratch recipes, enjoying the sunshine, or juggling the many demands of her business and homesteading-style life. Soli Deo Gloria.

Visit her blog here:

www.rachelwritingsphotosandmore.com

Real Self Sufficiency

Katy Willis

Katy is a life-long homesteader and is passionate about living naturally, green living, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. She's been writing and editing professionally for over a decade, and she's been living green her entire life. She's also an IAHT-certified herbalist. She firmly believes that every small green change we make has a huge impact. Making greener choices is better for your bank balance, your health, and the planet. So be the change you wish to see and join Katy on her green journey. You can read her posts on Real Self Sufficiency

Schneider Peeps

Angi Schneider

Angi lives with her family on 1.5 acres along the Texas Gulf Coast where they garden year round. She is passionate about growing and preserving food and teaching others to the same. Angi shares her gardening and cooking knowledge on SchneiderPeeps.com

Rockin W Homestead

Shelle Wells

Shelle at Rockin W Homestead teaches people how to garden in small spaces and to homestead wherever you live. You don't need acres and acres to adopt the homesteading lifestyle!

Rockin W Homestead

Self-Reliant Living

Donna Berlanda

Donna is a lifelong do-it-yourselfer, from making her own clothes at age 11, to cooking as a pre-teen, to owning her own florist shop. As a suburban homesteader, garment construction instructor, and maker/designer of women’s clothing & accessories, she has learned a lot about doing things herself and wants to share all her tips, tricks and how-to’s with you at www.donnaberlanda.com and get you on your way to self-reliant living.

Sled Dog Slow

Katie Sarvela

Katie and her family live off grid and off road on 5.5 acres in rural Alaska. Together they are working on turning their land into a sustainable homestead which will provide for most of their needs.

You can find her at Sled Dog Slow.

Stone Family Farmstead

Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone is a student of all things modern homesteading and is living the dream on her 1-acre hobby farm. Her favorite things to do include growing and preserving food for her family, breeding and raising Nigerian Dwarf goats, studying and using herbs, and running her hobby farm in sunny Southern California. Kristi writes about all of these topics and more on her blog, Stone Family Farmstead.

The Everyday Farmhouse

Jennifer

! am Jennifer Dynys, wife to Ben and mom to 9 kiddos.  We homeschool and live on a little farm.  We keep laying hens, a milk cow, pigs, and meat birds.  I just started blogging in January at The Everyday Farmhouse.

The New Homesteader's Almanac

Lisa Lombardo

Lisa grew up on a farm in Western NY and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. Her websites share information about living a more self-reliant and sustainable lifestyle wherever you are!

She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Lisa and her family live outside of Chicago on a 1-acre homestead.

You can find her posts on The New Homesteader's Almanac and The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

The Semi-Crunchy Mama

Elizabeth Preble

Elizabeth is a Colorado living and outdoor loving mom of 4, trying to figure out how to successfully live sustainably in the heart of the suburbs. She does her best to practice homesteading techniques on 1/8th of an acre while still somehow following her HOA guidelines! Join her in learning all about homesteading techniques, backyard gardening, DIY projects and up-cycling tips in the suburbs, building a sustainable home, garden and life!

Founder of The Semi-Crunchy Mama.

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