Meet the Author

Raised on the bluffs of Lake Michigan, Jack Fernard’s backyard was the perfect place for a young imagination. It was here, in the time before internet, that Jack would wander for hours with only the wilds of the woods as company – facilitating a life-long companionship with nature.

With time moving forward, as it always does, events soon carried Jack to Kalamazoo, where he now furthers his appreciation of our beautiful world by homesteading with his wife and son.

If you’d like to know more about Jack and his off-grid adventure, please visit the following links on

Over Already?! - Another gardening season done!

Fairs, Ponies & 4 Year Olds - Some of the best things are timeless.

The Dangers of a Straight Run - When it comes to chickens, make sure you know what you're buying.

Mutation vs. Miracle - A double headed flower.

Bantams: Nature's Neurotic Chicken - The craziness of 8 Bantam chicks.

The Chaotic Caroling for Copulation - Nightlight in the country.

40 Days Off-Grid - Expectations vs. Reality.

Shadows in the Fog - A visit from our four hooved neighbor.

Buried Bottles - Those amazing little treasures; message bottles lost in the sea of time.

I need backup - For the days that the sun doesn't shine, it pays to have the right generator.

8000 Watts - Understanding the limits of your off-grid home power system.

My Permaculture Failure - When it comes to failure there's bad and then there's apocalyptic.

Do Your Homework - The experience of shopping for solar.

Listen to the Land - In my rush to improve, I failed to notice what was already working.

A Life-Changing Problem - How it all got started.