Shelley Stonebrook, Senior Editor

Shelley in gardenShelley joined the team in late 2009. She came to MOTHER EARTH NEWS after teaching English at the University of Kansas for three and a half years — a time in which her passion for both sustainability and language grew like weeds. She grew up in Oregon, lived and worked in Kansas for six years, and is now happily back in Oregon among the fir trees and rain and mountains, still working for the magazine full-time. She studied English at Western Oregon University and later at KU for graduate school.

Shelley is particularly interested in sustainable, local food production (and consumption), organic gardening, crafting homemade products, soapmaking, home canning and food preservation, composting, waste reduction, and raising awareness about the ills of industrial agriculture. She generally shakes her fists toward the sky when confronted with all things disposable — especially plastics — and her vehemence about reusing anything and everything is sometimes to the chagrin of those around her (“Pardon, but were you going to use the back side of that piece of paper?”).

At MOTHER, she heads up the Organic Gardening beat, corrals the Green Gazette department, and works on the Vegetable Garden Planner and other apps and digital resources for gardeners. While Shelley was working at the main publishing company’s Kansas office, she worked in and coordinated the Ogden community garden (pictured above) that she helped start with her co-workers. Now, she steps out of her back door to pull weeds and plant seeds on her lunch breaks. 

One of the best things this gal can imagine is getting up early on a sunny morning and working in the garden. She is also fond of beaches, cooking, camping, KU basketball, happy hour, farmers markets, novels (preferably by authors with the brilliance of, say, Jeanette Winterson or Kurt Vonnegut), listening to folk music, and talking in an annoyingly sweet voice to her cat, Barley, and her little dog, Hazel (aka Hazel Nut).

In her spare time, she also makes and sells natural body-care products, including homemade goat milk soaps, through her company, Stonegrass Farms Soap Co.

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Some blogs and articles by Shelley: 

It’s Time to Ban Dangerous Neonicotinoid Pesticides
A GMO News Roundup
Plant Garlic in the Fall for a Larger, Healthier Crop
The 10 Worst Garden Weeds
The State of Organic Seed 

Some of Shelley’s favorite articles she’s edited: 

Create an Edible Landscape by Rosalind Creasy
How to Source Truly High-Quality Seeds by Margaret Roach
Boost Health and Flavor in Fresh Food by Jo Robinson
Why Natural Insect Control Works Better by Harvey Ussery
Best Vegetables to Grow in the Shade by Colleen Vanderlinden