Meet Sarah Sailer
Sarah Sailer and her family of 6 were named “Homesteaders of the Year” by Mother Earth News Magazine in 2014, but Sarah wasn’t raised knowing these old-world skills.
Faced with illness and tight finances, she decided one year to dig up the front lawn and try growing her own food.
She didn’t realize she was about to fall in love with a life that her Italian ancestors once lived – a life rooted in the earth and connected to community.
Though they live on a small 1/5 acre lot near downtown, they have since turned their home into a working neighborhood farm. Raising rabbits, chickens and ducks, composting with worms and keeping bees, the family is learning year by year, how to live sustainably in their small space.
Once the front lawn was replaced with a huge garden, raised beds sprung up where the driveway once was. A greenhouse and wood-fired oven now stand in their backyard, both built by their own hands.
Sarah’s passion for growing unique varieties and cooking for her family began to overflow into her community. Now she runs a working CSA neighborhood farm which includes 8 growing plots in a 1-mile radius, providing 15+ local families with fresh, organic and affordable produce. These neighbors gather regularly to share in the work and learn how to grow, harvest and preserve, together.
Sarah finds joy in passing on the homesteading knowledge and food skills which she believes connect people to the earth, their heritage and eachother.
A Thrifty Good Life
Reflections on my unexpected journey toward homegrown simplicity and healing.
$24.95 – Paperbound, 154 pages
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A collection of stories and how-to’s from her unlikely urban homesteading journey, A Thrifty Good Life is packed with beautiful photos and inspiring, homegrown recipes from a passionate, Italian mother of four.
Though Mother Earth News Magazine named Sarah Sailer and her family “Homesteaders of the Year” in 2014, Sarah wasn’t raised knowing any of these old-world skills.
Sarah shares honest stories of heartbreak and failure, excitement and thrill as one crazy thing led to another. Growing vegetables led to learning how to ferment vegetables, then the gritty process of butchering animals, building a greenhouse and her own wood-fired oven.