Fermentation Advisory Board

Meet Fermentation’s advisory board, a collection of probiotic pros who will help guide Mother Earth News’ new sister publication.

| Fall 2019



Chris learned to homebrew in 1990 while starting his graduate work in biology at Boston University. After earning his Ph.D. and briefly working in educational publishing, he began writing about brewing. He’s authored two books — Home Brew Recipe Bible and Methods of Modern Homebrewing (Page Street Publishing) — and over 100 articles on brewing beer, appearing in such publications as Brew Your Own and Zymurgy. He’s currently a contributing editor to Beer and Wine Journal. He lives with his wife and their cats in Bastrop, Texas.



Kirsten is the co-author of recently released Miso, Tempeh, Natto & other Tasty Ferments, as well as Fermented Vegetables and Fiery Ferments (Storey Publishing), books that emerged from her desire to help change the way people eat. Not only does her work push these culinary arts to new flavor heights, but it also sustains the health of the planet. Kirsten got her start in fermenting foods in the 1990s on a 40-acre hillside smallholding. These practical experiments grew into FermentWorks, a project she shares with her husband, Christopher. When the Shockeys realized their passion was for the process of transforming and preserving foods, they chose to focus on teaching fermentation arts. Kirsten travels worldwide, helping others learn to make, enjoy, and connect with their food. You can find stories about a life fueled by fermented foods on Facebook and Instagram.



Victoria grew up in Seattle and now lives with her husband David on an off-grid farm in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains in northwest Washington. She’s been a certified Master Food Preserver since 2009, and recently attained Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC) certification in small engine repair. She’s been a regular speaker at the Mother Earth News Fairs since 2011. Victoria loves to read, cook, bake sourdough bread, and relax with the weekly The New York Times crossword puzzle. She has authored Pure Poultry, Craft Distilling, and From No-Knead to Sourdough (New Society Publishers). Find her on Facebook.



May 16-17, 2020
Nashville, Tennessee

Join us in Music City to explore ways to save money and live efficiently. This two-day event includes hands-on workshops and a marketplace featuring the latest homesteading products.


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