BAR HARBOR — The Jesup Memorial Library is hosting an author talk and book signing with Kirsten Lie-Nielson at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6 at 34 Mt. Desert Street.
Kirsten Lie-Nielsen moved to an abandoned farm in Liberty, Maine and is restoring the property to its former glory. Lie-Nielsen will talk about homesteading and her new book “So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader?: All the Dirt on Living the Good Life.”
The book is a realistic look for people considering the homesteading lifestyle, and features about the surprises of country living as well as explaining practical things like heating with a wood stove and raising animals for food. Lie-Nielsen also covers things like finding the right property, practical “must-have” skills, earning an income and farming on a budget, creating community and much more.
Lie-Nielsen runs Hostile Valley Farm with her husband. After starting a small hobby homestead, her endeavors quickly grew to encompass geese, goats, chickens, bees, ducks, and extensive vegetable and herb gardens. Her first book, “A Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese,” is a practical guide for homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add geese to their land. She also writes about her experiences as a homesteader and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as Grit, Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and Hobbyfarms.com.