About Anastasia King Jaress

Anastasia is a former media producer who hit the road to sustainability in April 2013 with her husband JC and Mattie, the dog. She writes about food, community, sustainability, travel, family and the myriad questions that boggle them.

Author Archive | Anastasia King Jaress

Earthship Amazing

Never seen an Earthship? Prepare yourself to be amazed. Michael Reynolds began designing “radically sustainable” homes in a community just outside of Taos in 1971. Since then, his innovative, self-sufficient whimsically designed Earthships have cropped up around the world. Not only does the Earthship model find five ways to re-use captured rainwater, it utilizes both the sun […]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }

Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

I’ve decided that this summer, since we have a house with a spacious kitchen and no social life, I’m going to try at least two new recipes per week. Last week it was chicken souvlaki. This is not something I’d order in a restaurant, I just liked the idea of grilled meat and yogurt sauce. (And […]

Continue Reading Comments { 1 }

Campfire Kids

In October, we found ourselves at Keachi Acres, the homestead of Mary and Tom Nesbitt, about 45 minutes south of Shreveport, LA. I had thought, after reading their farm profile on WWOOF, that Tom and Mary might be hippies, that they’d have long hair and loads of tie-dye. Although they did drop out of “mainstream […]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

Enjoy the Journey Already

By the time we arrived at Yellow Bird Farm near Woodbury, TN we felt like seasoned WWOOFers. Farm rhythms had seeped into our lives (even though we never acquired the habit of waking early to feed and water the animals – which I now regret.) I finally felt confident that I knew a lot about […]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

Recipe: Kitchari Comfort Food

All of a sudden kitchari appeared. We had never heard of it before and then it was everywhere. A staple, Ayurvedic comfort food, kitchari, also called khichdi, is used to ease the stomach and cleanse the intestinal tract. Lucky for us it came into our world just as we were about to embark on a […]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

Recipe: Ms. Kray Kray’s Pecan Pie

I know I shouldn’t be doing this. Even though I cut the sugar quite a bit, we Americans already eat waaaaay too many sweets. And, I’m pretty sure dessert does not need the extra pub. The thing is… this pie is so f’ing amazing – it is, quite literally, a stunner. I made it several times […]

Continue Reading Comments { 1 }

Farm Management 101

We spent the last two weeks of September at Millsap Farms, an idyllic patchwork of fields and greenhouses about 20 minutes north of downtown Springfield, MO. Curtis and Sarah Millsap run the farm with help from their nine children plus various interns, CSA members, WWOOFers and farmhands. (Yes, I said nine, all of whom are girls […]

Continue Reading Comments { 4 }

Recipe: Julie’s Ricotta Pancakes

Yes! This is the recipe you’ve all been waiting for from Julie at River Run Farm & Pottery! I have to confess, she sent this a while ago but I have yet to become the up-to-date little webmistress I ought to be. Apologies! Also, VERY IMPORTANT! see below for super easy instructions to make your […]

Continue Reading

Cider Press Rules!

We spent two weeks in early September at Falcon Ridge Farm in the Ozarks and did so many different things there that it’s hard to figure out what to write about! I’ve posted a load of pictures from our stay there in the album of Falcon Ridge photos on our Images page. (If you haven’t visited Images […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }

Recipe: JC-Approved Gluten-Free Quinoa Burgers

We are currently about 60 minutes south-east of Nashville at Yellow Bird, a lovely “art farm” in the process of becoming a retreat center. Yes, exactly, it is right up our alley! David Wood, the director of Yellow Bird is a vegetarian and crafted such wonderful meals the first few days that JC made nary a […]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }