HandPicked People: Renee Wilkinson

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As we’ve built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

Renee Wilkinson is modern homesteading genius! On her small plot of land in Portland, Oregon, she tends a beautiful and bountiful garden, raises chicken and ducks, and writes about it all on her wonderful blog HipChickDigs.com. Renee recently earned a graduate degree in landscape architecture (congrats!) and is the author of Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create.

Yes, she certainly knows what she’s talking about. We’re beyond pleased to share her work and words with you here on HandPicked Nation!

Name: Renee Wilkinson

Occupation: Writer, Designer & Green Thumb

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Get my hands dirty planting, growing and tending our homestead.

Describe real food in one sentence. Real food is wild, dirty and imperfectly perfect.

What is your first food memory? Making “garden stew” from juniper berries, pine cones, acorns and other fascinating ingredients from our family’s urban farm.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? A bumpy, richly colored heirloom tomato.

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Butter, eggs, kale, salad greens and berry preserves.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Clean as you go – sign of a pro.

What’s going to be your next meal? Duck egg frittata with swiss chard, sweet onions and fresh garlic served with a butter lettuce salad.

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!