This week, I bring you the delightful AC Shilton, the investigative journalist of Netflix’s “The Innocent Man” fame who recently added farmer to her resume: Last year, the self-described city kid and her park ranger husband went all in on their bucolic fantasy, purchasing a 45-acre fixer-upper ranch in rural Tennessee.
Here, AC shares the real story of how she now divides her day between tending chickens and penning pieces for the likes of The New York Times and Outside magazine (spoiler: it’s not easy). She also dishes on learning to farm by the seat of her pants, prepping her farm for climate resilience, and why farming may be the perfect antidote to our modern scourge of arrival fallacy.
Here’s the rundown:
-A day in the life of an investigative journalist–farmer
-What it really costs to start a small farm
-“This has brought me more joy than anything I could have ever imagined”
-Pastured eggs, honey and Dexter cattle
-Planning her farm with climate change in mind
-Learning to farm as city kids
-Rural loneliness, recent injuries, and advice for wannabe farmers