Anita Bailey has a diverse and unique background - starting with arts and literature, then to alternative health care such as reflexology and herbal remedies, through commercial livestock raising sheep and goats, then organic homesteading, and now to a cow-calf operation. Along the way, her family lived without electricity for two years. She became a registered nurse, then a Master's level nurse practitioner working in primary care and urgent care for two decades, and earned her Doctorate in the field. Between canning and preserving the various foods grown in a large garden and acquiring her SCUBA card, she trained and utilized dogs of different breeds for search and rescue operations, and completed a second Master's degree in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. She's the author of hundreds of articles on small farming, peer-reviewed scholarly works in Alzheimer's and nursing research, and popular how-to books writing as Anita Evangelista. She is married and living the dream in the rural Ozarks. This is her fourteenth book.