I am a lifelong gardener who grew up on a small family farm in the Appalachian foothills of upper East Tennessee. I studied ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Tennessee, where I earned a masters degree. I have written numerous books on topics as diverse as aquarium keeping and starting a small business, but my more recent work focuses on gardening, especially food gardening.

My latest book is Appalachian Cooking. It will be out in 2018.