For the past decade, Holli Cederholm has devoted her life to learning about and producing organic food, herbs, flowers, and seeds—for subsistence and for local markets in Midcoast Maine. Motivated by a deep interest in the stories of humanity’s collective agrarian heritage, she traced tradition with her own hands: cultivating heirloom open-pollinated vegetables and tending to laying hens and dairy goats. An intrepid vegetarian cook, she further aimed to learn how to put by her larder for the year through cheese making, fermenting, cold-cellaring, canning, freezing, and drying.
Holli finds hope in action and aspires to inspire others towards more deliberate land-based lifestyles. Through her former role as general manager of a national non-profit dedicated to organic seed growers, she sat in a Federal courtroom with Monsanto lawyers, authored a peer-reviewed handbook on GMO avoidance strategies for farmers, and presented seed policy to the largest international organic organization. In the winter of 2016 she hosted the Heritage Radio Network‘s weekly 40-minute podcast The Farm Report, and is a longtime contributing writer for the Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.
Holli and her partner Greg Benson are presently the 2016 Resident Stewards at the historic Good Life Center in Harborside, ME. Holli’s blog, “Following the Good Life,” reflects on homesteading today while exploring the history of back-to-the-land icons Helen and Scott Nearing and their Forest Farm.
Follow her on Twitter @holli_cederholm.