Jackie Clay-Atkinson

Jackie is a full time homesteader from northern Minnesota. She is also a longtime writer for Backwoods Home Magazine. She has been writing feature articles for the magazine since 1995 and has answered questions about canning and other self-reliant topics in her “Ask Jackie” column since 1999. She also maintains an online blog at the magazine’s website, www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/JackieClay, letting readers across the globe catch glimpses of what is going on at their homestead. She is frequent speaker throughout the country on all aspects of homesteading, especially gardening and home canning. She and her husband, Will, grow about 80 percent of their own food on their 120 acre homestead, including two acres of gardens, another large orchard, berry patch and livestock such as goats, cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys. Much of this food is neatly canned up and stored in their pantry, enabling them to eat like kings but for very little cash outlay. Jackie has written many books on animal care, canning, homesteading and three western novels.

Lucinda Bailey

Lucinda Bailey, CCA (aka, The Seed Lady) is a Master Gardener and Certified Crop Advisor specializing in the cultivation of heirloom vegetables from seed. Her interest began as a teenager in Michigan where she grew produce in her backyard to sell to neighbors. She now spends her time traveling around the country attending shows and presenting seminars on gardening and seed saving. At last count, her seed collection exceeded 1,000 different varieties! Lucinda and her business partner, Kurt Nauck, founded Texas Ready to help people become self-sustainable by providing for their family’s nutritional needs. Hand-crafted in Spring, Texas, their Liberty Seed Banks are regionally configured and recognized thoughout the country as the very finest seed kits available.

Rod Olmsted

Rod Olmsted’s experiences are diverse and vast. Upon completing a successful military career, Rod owned and operated a national transportation company and an agricultural construction and design company. A life threatening health challenge caused Rod to leave owning businesses in the corporate world. Receiving little to no options with traditional medicine, Rod researched holistic options for his own healing. Becoming fascinated with multiple modalities, Rod’s certifications are lengthy and impressive, turning what he has learned into helping and teaching others about the wonderful results that can be achieved when combining Science, nature, and quantum physics… In essence all sorts of energy. Nationwide, Rod has quickly gained the reputation of “Achieving the Impossible” in his work with essential oils, herbs, energy, and the tools of nature. Rod currently resides in his ranch in North Dakota, raising, training, teaching and rehabilitating people, dogs, and horses.

Michael Weiner

Michael D. Weiner’s career in the gold and silver industry spans over three decades and over a billion dollars of transactions. Mr. Weiner has been a pioneer in the industry whose career has come full circle. Beginning as a senior account executive with a licensed company, he went on to be a founding partner of one of the largest licensed precious metals firms during the late 1970s and 1980s. During 1979 and 1980, Mr. Weiner hosted a TV show “Let’s talk Gold and Silver” and among his guests were Dr. Franz Pick and James Sibbet. Mr. Weiner appeared as a guest on “Wall Street Week” and on numerous television and radio talk shows over the years as well as a guest speaker at various professional associations and public organizations like the SBA’s SCORE. Mr. Weiner then created the gold and silver industry’s first consulting corporation and worked with new and existing companies in the business. During the 1990s, Mr. Weiner was a founding partner in a pension consulting firm that was later sold to a large public company. Prior to joining Swiss America Trading Corporation, he was senior vice president of a national financial service company. Now Mr. Weiner has returned to what he enjoys most, working closely with the public. Mr. Weiner received a B.A. from Wayne University and attended Detroit College of Law. During his 34 year career Mr. Weiner has obtained multiple security, commodity and insurance licenses.

Jake Beaty

My dad set an adventurous tone for my life when he moved our family across the Cascades to build a log cabin in the woods. We lived without electricity or running water--on purpose--for six years. These experiences, presented from my dad's perspective, are the subject of my first book, Winter's Comin'. You may not dream of building a cabin or living off grid, but whatever your dreams, don't let fear or complacency stop you from pursuing them. Read Winter's Comin', and be encouraged to persevere and work hard to fulfill your dreams. 

I attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, and graduated with honors in 2000. I was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Naval Reserve, and licensed by the US Coast Guard as a third mate for the biggest ships navigating anywhere on the globe. I advanced my license to Unlimited Master shortly after my 27th birthday, and sailed as captain with a humanitarian aid shipping ministry to Haiti, Israel, and New Orleans after Katrina. Sea time lends itself to great stories, and I plan to write also about the voyage to Israel. 

Following the Israel voyage, I moved back into the cabin we had left 18 years earlier. I worked on air at the local radio station, drove Dean Martin's boat Innamorata for a few dinner cruises, and finally landed a fantastic job at the hospital. I didn't meet the love of my life until a trip to Bolivia, however. So, much like my dad some thirty years before, I took a risk and made a big scary move--to live without regrets. Jennifer, who became my lovely wife, had moved to Bolivia herself eight years before, and started and directed an orphanage for babies. The tale of how we met, married and have grown a family will be the subject of my third book. 

I'm still relatively young, so there are likely to be more adventures and more stories. Keep a sharp lookout!

Arden Czaszewicz

Arden was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO where she was an avid athlete.  An educator by profession, Arden has delved deeply into Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) Essential Oils as a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA.  Her passion is to help people learn how to use doTERRA essential oils for both physical and emotional issues.  "Every 'Go-Bag', every woman's purse, every person's fanny pack, and every home emergency kit should contain a set of CPTG essential oils."  Ardennow resides with her husband in Kansas City, MO.