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Gretchen Anderson

Gretchen Anderson is a certified advanced Master Gardener and certified Master Food Safety Advisor.  Whether it’s keeping backyard chickens, caring for 30,000 farm workers (her bees) or experiencing sweet success in the garden, she’s all about reducing her food mile.


Gretchen is a former KTVB television news anchor, turned Bogus Basin spokesperson, turned national backyard chicken advocate. She is an award winning humor columnist, chicken hobbyist and blogger for D&B Supply and Mother Earth News. Gretchen will share many money-saving tips, ideas and stories from her own urban homesteading experiences.

Her book, "The Backyard Chicken Fight" includes an efficient guide to keeping backyard hens from chick-to-tough-old-bird. It also chronicles the stories of people fighting their municipalities in order to keep chickens legally. You can purchase a discounted copy of her book. Gretchen is currently working on her next book, Secrets of the Lazy Urban Gardener.