For an overview of their quest for the good life, preview their latest books, Homemade for Sale (New Society), Farmstead Chef (New Society), the award-winning ECOpreneuring (New Society), Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life (New Society), and Edible Earth: Savoring the Good Life with Vegetarian Recipes from Inn Serendipity (Paradigm Press Ltd.)
Lisa Kivirist embodies the growing "ecopreneuring" movement: innovative entrepreneurs who successfully blend business with making the world a better place. Kivirist is a distinguished IATP Food and Community Fellow and program director for the Rural Women's Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES). Lisa also penned Kiss Off Corporate America: A Young Professional's Guide to Independence, described as a "down-to-earth road map for navigating out of corporate America's clutches" (Booklist).
In addition to feature writing for publications such as Hobby Farm Home, Mother Earth News and Wisconsin Trails, Lisa and John have a Farmstead Chef blog for HobbyFarms.com. Both have also been lead writers for Renewing the Countryside, a non-profit organization showcasing rural entrepreneurial and agricultural success stories. Lisa was the educational outreach director for Renewing the Countryside: Wisconsin, published in partnership with MOSES.
John Ivanko is an award-winning photographer, writer, author, national speaker, ecopreneur and globetrotter.
For many years, John worked with the Global Fund for Children, an organization dedicated to helping bridge children's understanding of and respect for the diversity of cultures through books and other outreach initiatives. He is the co-author of and photographic contributor to six multicultural children's photobooks including the award-winningTo Be A Kid, To Be an Artist, Be My Neighbor, Animal Friends and Back to School, all published in partnership between Charlesbridge Publishing and Global Fund for Children Books, proceeds from which help support the Global Fund for Children. John has also contributed photos for Children from Australia to Zimbabwe, Extraordinary Girls, and Let the Games Begin.
Before joining Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago in 1989, John was involved in the start-up of two restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However, on April Fool's Day, 1992, John jumped off the corporate treadmill to journey around the world. One year and 29 countries later, he returned to the U.S. with over 15,000 photographic images and stirring accounts as he experienced an up-close perspective on numerous world issues. While serving as an Adjunct Lecturer at Penn State University, he completed the text for his first book, The Least Imperfect Path--A Global Journal for the Future ; the travelogue describes his journey and search for new path which would better conserve our environment as well as lead to a more sustainable, peaceful and just tomorrow.
Over the years, John's work has been published in numerous publications including Mother Earth News, Hobby Farms, BackHome Magazine, Natural Home, Home Power, Scottish Life, Hobby Farm Home, American Profile, Urban Farm, Natural Awakenings, Culinate, Islands, Wisconsin Trails, and E-The Environmental Magazine and many others. His work as gone out of the wires at the Associated Press and Reuters. He has a regular Farmstead Chef blog for HobbyFarms.com with his wife, Lisa, plus he blogs on other topics for Mother Earth News.com
John received a M.S. in the area of "ecotourism" and recreation management from Penn State University and a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan School of Business Administration.
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Lisa and John have been "cheeseheads" since November, 1996 -- and they never tire of the sunsets and sunrises over the surrounding hills. They're on a constantly evolving journey toward a more sustainable, peaceful and just tomorrow, leading in both actions and words through the projects they support or help create. For upcoming workshops, see the Calendar of Events or national speaking related to their books, see their book events. For what keeps them up at night, visit their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. And last but not least, October, 2001, they welcomed into the world their first (and only) son, Liam Ivanko Kivirist who is now the greeter and campfire entertainer at the B&B.
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