Meet The Team

As we’ve grown, we’ve teamed up with amazing writers from all over the world who have real-world experience of growing food, raising livestock, homesteading, crafting, green living, and more. We’re a passionate bunch and we provide information you can rely on. You won’t find random, ill-conceived or downright dangerous nonsense here – just reliable, practical knowledge from those who have real experience.

Katy Willis, FCMA

Modern homesteader practicing everyday sustainability and green living.

Katy is a life-long homesteader and home herbalist. She is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced Master Herbalist and qualified fellow of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association). She grows 100% organic food on roughly 5 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she’s feeding her family, she’s a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker. Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening, helping others learn forgotten skills, reconnect with nature, and live greener and healthier. She also has two dogs who she raises naturally, providing a raw diet, positive reinforcement training, and natural healthcare.

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Rebecca Britton

Becky has been living green for more than a decade. She’s a small-scale homesteader who is always learning new ways to make life a little greener. Rebecca is also an avid chicken keeper who knows how to keep a flock happy and healthy. Her chickens are kept for egg production, weed clearing, and fertilizer, as she’s too attached to use them for meat. Rebecca has plenty of hands-on experience with DIY, remodeling, and craft projects and has an awful lot of plans in her “next projects” binder. Along with the chickens, Becky keeps bees, operating a small but productive apiary on her homestead. She creates and sells candles, balms, and salves as well as honey from her hives and is a huge proponent of fighting hard to save the declining bee populations. She also works hard to grow and preserve enough food to feed her family year-round.

About Real Self-Sufficiency

Welcome! Here at Real Self-Sufficiency, we provide real, practical, genuine advice and information related to modern homesteading. We have first-hand experience and/or education in all aspects of growing food and ornamentals organically, raising healthy livestock, herbal remedies, DIYing, and more.

We never write about stuff we don’t know about – we only ever want to give you information you can trust. And we’ll never put this information behind an overpriced paywall or inside an insanely expensive (and often useless) course.
We want to share our combined knowledge and experience to help you learn new skills, grow a productive garden to help feed your family, raise healthy livestock, reduce waste, save money, cook delicious, healthy food from scratch, and learn how to build things.

Whether you’ve got a tiny square foot flower bed or a sprawling 50 acre homestead, we provide the knowledge and skills you need to make the most of it. We know how to keep livestock thriving and we know how to compost properly, how much to water which plants and when, and how (and what) to forage.

You can depend on us, because we live this lifestyle. Our writers have practical experience in the topics they write about. They each have their own areas of expertise related to modern homesteading and self-sufficiency, so you can rely on us to provide real, field-tested advice from people who run their own farm, feed their family from their backyard, cook from-scratch meals, preserve food, and more.

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2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Katy,

    I came across your article searching for information on companion planting. Of course I’ve I ended up finding much more when I started searching your site. After reading your “About Us” page I couldn’t help but leave a comment. You mentioned how your site isn’t taking off as fast as you’d like and I’m sure you’re aware that with millions of bits of information available to any one search on the internet makes it hard for someone to compete, much less be successful. Now, now, I’m not a Debbie downer type of guy. I appreciate what you’re doing because it’s helped me and more than anything it’s been your passion for living your life the way you are that has a greater affect on me. That passion gives me hope that there are others out there that not only want to live a greener, more self sufficient lifestyle but you’re willing to get out there and make a difference sharing your knowledge of what you love the most.

    I try to educate people on foods, GMO’s, GE crops and seeds, and a multitude of mass produced, marketed, chemical infused, chemical processed foods that millions consume everyday. I cringe at people lined up at fast food drive-throughs. Most of my coworkers don’t want to hear about it. Others say it doesn’t matter, you’re going to die of something one day. So, I do what I can for my daughter and I in being well educated, well informed advocates for a greener, safer, chemical free life. My grandparents lived into their late 90’s and they ate items cooked in lard, greasy foods, soda, junk food for snacks, but they also ate a plethora of fruits and vegetables grown in their garden. Todays processed foods don’t hold the same nutrients as they did many years ago because the soil has been stripped of it’s nutrients or destroyed with chemicals. I hope that God lets me live long enough to enjoy my retirement years working the land and gardening like my grandparents did. To grow my own crops, preserve them for the winter, raise bees, and the many wonderful things you already do and know about.

    In the end it’s great to share a belief, a way of life, and have a conversation with a likeminded person as yourself. It’s great to read about what you post and be able to contact you and to say thank you for what you do. Whether your site does well or not (and I hope it does) just don’t ever stop reaching out, educating, being an advocate for a better way of life. You just never know the impacts you might be having on others. My motto has been to keep on talking, sharing, and mentoring, and in the end, all that truly matters is if I reached just one person. Then that makes it all worth it.

    My best to you and your family.


    1. Hi Jeff,
      Thanks for your kind words! It means a lot when someone finds my site valuable enough to reach out and say “hello”. And yes, I’ll keep sharing my knowledge and passion in the hopes of helping others embark on their own journeys. You won’t find much processed food in my house – I make everything from scratch. I like to know what I’m putting in my body – same for my dog. He eats a balanced, raw diet with treats that come straight out of my dehydrator! Thanks again for reaching out, and I hope you are managing to grow at least a little of your own food (aside from the health benefits, it’s SO rewarding) and are enjoying plenty of outdoor time.

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