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Experimental Homesteader

About Blogger Sheri Ann Richerson

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About Sheri Ann Richerson

I’m a truly obsessed plant geek, homesteader/prepper, an online influencer, and best-selling authorof numerous books including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Year-Round Gardeningand The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Seed Saving And Starting

I live on a 2 ½ acre organic farm at the edge of the city that is a registered wildlife habitat.

Our homestead is also a Monarch Waystation.

In addition I participate in the FrogWatch USA program and the Cornell University NestWatch.

I did receive my Nest Monitor Certification from Cornell University.

We moved to our small 2 1/2 acre homestead in August 2004.

Over the years I have learned so much – from raising livestock to canning to surviving without some of the modern day comforts we would have liked to have had.

Our home was built in 1935 and heated with wood until recently.

During those first winters, the wood floors were icy cold and the house was never over 50 degrees.

Sometimes it actually felt warmer in the barn!

When it comes to livestock, I have raised horses, Leicester Longwool Sheep, Alpine/Nubian cross dairy goats, Angora goats, Cashmere goats – and of course, crosses between these goats.

I have also raised Angora Rabbits, mixed breed rabbits, many different breeds of chickens and turkeys, guineas, phesants, peacocks, Tilapia, catfish, cats and of course dogs.

The animals are raised organically and do eat certified organic feed.

I make use of the fiber that comes off the livestock by spinning it into yarn or using it on my Union 36 Loom to make rag rugs.

I grow a wide variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables, grains and flowers on the farm, using organic methods.

I can, dehydrate or freeze the bounty for my own use, sell some of the excess at market and donate some of it to local food pantries or soup kitchens.

In addition to traditional soil-based gardening, I also grow hydroponically and have an aquaponic set-up.

Welcome to my page – and my life.

I am a Renaissance Homesteader who is Learning, Living, Loving Self-Sufficiency!

I am also a self proclaimed Plant Geek!

And I want to share my knowledge with you – because you never know when life can take an unexpected turn and you might just need self-preservation and survival skills.

I hope you will enjoy my blog.

Learn More –

You can learn even more about me on my writing website Sheri Ann Richerson or read the brief bio below –

Sheri Ann Richerson is a leading pioneer in the self-sufficiency movement.

For the past 19 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting organic gardening, natural health and self-sufficiency through all forms of media.

Her career includes years as a nationally acclaimed best-selling author, radio host and guest on a variety of shows – showcasing her expertise on homesteading and gardening.

Additionally, Ms. Richerson is a speaker, columnist and a blogger for hundreds of websites, magazines and newspapers.

Ms. Richerson has been featured in The New York Times, Woman’s World Magazine and Ladies’ Home Journal.

Her by-lined articles can be found at,,,,,, and dozens of other sites.

Her farm, Exotic Gardening Farms, is a certified wildlife habitat.

She was a Global Warming Ambassador for the National Wildlife Federation, the ReGrow Together Indiana State Coordinator and the Region III Representative for the Plant-A-Row for the Hungry program as well as President of the Grant County Morning Garden Club.

Her diverse range of writing gigs has included an eclectic mix of articles on current events, herbs, aromatherapy, tropical plants as well as various pieces on Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Ms. Richerson has given numerous talks on a wide variety of subjects including chocolate, night blooming plants, seed starting, herbs and global warming.

Her specialty topic is Theobroma cacao commonly known as chocolate.

Ms. Richerson attended Ball State University and Huntington University, where she majored in communications and minored in theatrical arts.

Sheri lives in Marion, Indiana.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling, following Boy George’s tweets on Twitter, reading, listening to music, weaving and spinning yarn.

She also collects Hello Kitty and Raggedy Ann.

For more information, please visit her writing website at, her gardening and homesteading website at or subscribe to the Experimental Homesteader podcasts on iTunes.

Contact Sheri Ann Richerson

Click here to contact Sheri Ann Richerson via email for all questions, comments and potential collaboration opportunities.

Ms. Richerson has contributed to a wide range of anthologies as well. Her writing credits include contributions to “Our Food Heritage, Past, Present, Future, Baking Bread Together, Helps to Keep the Family Together” – 2007; “Llewellyn Herbal Almanac” – 2006, 2005 and 2003; “Llewellyn Magical Almanac” – 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003; “All Things Chocolate” – 2005; “Llewellyn Witches Spell-A-Day” – 2003; “Llewellyn Moon Sign Book” – 2002.

Ms. Richerson’s best-selling books include:

Influencer Badges

Instead of having these scattered all over the sidebars of each page of my blog, I decided to add all the widgets on one page. These are sites that I am either an Influencer for or a Contributor too.


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