Vanessa Jean Herald is lead chicken wrangler at Make Time Farm in Southern Wisconsin, where she hosts monthly creativity retreats, writes endlessly, and makes trouble. Sharing stories about food and farmers feeds her curiosity, providing endless fodder for tasty adventures. Vanessa serves as Farm to Institution Outreach Specialist at the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, but in the nighttime hours you can find her handwriting letters, making Icelandic skyr and crafting art with vintage typewriters.

Her current writing project, A Fierce Practice, includes a daily typewritten quote and newsletter musing on everything from hidden duck eggs to gratitude to barn razing to building a new house.