I live in a world where farming and the arts go hand in hand. I wanted to share this world with others.

My husband and I live in beautiful Maine where we raise animals, a garden, and a family. Together, my husband and I make Sands End Farm possible–from raising chickens to growing a garden with a large enough harvest that it helps support our family through fall, winter, and spring.

Both my husband and I also write; our oldest is a writer, and our youngest is a cellist. There are four things we love in this world: each other, farming, writing, and music. I write stories about our chickens. My husband writes poetry about the Earth. We listen to classical music while we work in the garden.

Farming has helped change my life in many ways. I have a deeper understanding of where food comes from and how much work it takes to raise and grow it. As such, I have become a more thankful human. I have also become a more frugal human, as I have learned to live a more simple, sustainable lifestyle.

Farmer-ish is a creative dream for me, but I want it to be more than that. I want to help others develop a deep understanding and love of farming and farmers and learn how they can live more sustainably themselves. I’ve been teaching writing as a college professor for more than 25 years and farming with my husband for 10 years. I’ve published about a dozen books and dozens of articles, but I find that I work best when I am helping other writers share their voices with the world. It seems time to share my passion with others.