I would love to be Ashley’s neighbor, wouldn’t you? Read her story at Country Woman Magazine to decide.
At age 20, Ashley was convinced greener pastures waited in the city. She moved to Washington, D.C., intending to become a fashion designer. But having spent many of her happiest childhood years in North Carolina, homesickness and the Blue Ridge Mountains brought her back to complete degrees in nutrition and sociology in Asheville. That’s when she met Glenn, who was already living on the property.
“I’d been dreaming about a country home with open spaces and lots of green, and there it was—along with a wonderful outdoorsman who loves cooking from scratch,” she says. “When he told me the land used to be an organic farm, I thought, we have to bring it back.” In no time, she’d traded her high heels for work boots.
Ashley barely had her first garden planted when a new opportunity surfaced. A book editor friend described an idea for a Homemade Living series—primers on homesteading skills. When asked if she’d like to write them, Ashley decided to trust her instincts and go for it. Ashley’s grandmother had introduced her to the subjects of her first two books, Keeping Chickens and Canning and Preserving. As a girl, Ashley had gathered eggs from her grandparents’ chickens, and watched closely as her grandmother packed tomatoes and green beans into jars.