Jennifer studied at the University of Kansas, graduating with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Geography in the spring of 2009. Her academic interests focused on local food systems and the global effects of our modern, industrialized method of producing, acquiring and consuming food. Her love of cooking and plants merged when she took a job on a nearby organic farm, where she has worked in varying degrees since she started there in 2005. She also spent 6 months living in a rural village in El Salvador, where she learned even more about self-sufficiency and began many strong friendships.
Her commitment to local foods and love of the homesteader lifestyle has led her to seek out various ways to be self-sustaining while still living in a small, urban house in Lawrence, Kan. Besides growing and preserving the organic fruits and vegetables she helps cultivate on the farm and in her own gardens, she has “adopted” several goats and a cow named Boise (below left). Jennifer is enamored with the art of aging cheese, fermenting vinegar and pickling vegetables.
Jennifer worked as managing editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine for several years. When she’s not in the kitchen or the garden, she enjoys whipping up batches of lotion, playing with her pets, embroidering, running and biking, hiking and camping, and farm sitting for various friends and their beautiful farms and animals.