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Rebecca Thistlethwaite

Rebecca Thistlethwaite is the author of Farms with a Future. She runs a small farm and food business consulting firm called Sustain Consulting and is starting a small homestead in Oregon with her husband, Jim Dunlop, and their daughter Fiona. They previously operated TLC Ranch in Watsonville, CA, where they raised organic, pastured livestock and poultry for direct markets across Northern California. Rebecca currently serves on the board of the Sustainable Food Trade Association as well as the Columbia Gorge Earth Center and writes for blogs such as "Cooking Up a Story" and her own blog "Honest Meat". Her other recent pursuits include training oxen, holistic financial planning, and learning how to make fermented foods. Her website is

    Rebecca's Upcoming Events

    • Rebecca Thistlethwaite at Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Food Institute
      886 Cannery Row, Monterey CA
      May 16, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Rebecca will be a speaker at the 2014 Cooking for Solutions Sustainable Food Institute, to be held May 16-18 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. She will be on a panel called "Farming: The Next Generation" about the issues and challenges facing new farmers.

    • Rebecca Thistlethwaite at WA Mother Earth News Fair
      Mother Earth News Fair, Puyallup WA
      May 31, 2014, 12:00 pm

      Rebecca Thistlethwaite will teach a workshop based on her book, "Farms with a Future," at the Puyallup, WA Mother Earth News Fair on May 31-June 1. More details to come...

    Rebecca's Books

    Farms with a Future

    Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business

    What makes a farm sustainable and successful? And what special qualities and skills are needed for someone to become a successful farmer? Rebecca Thistlethwaite addresses these and other crucial questions in this uniquely important book, which is a must-read for anyone who aspires to get into farming, or who wants to make their farm business more dynamic, profitable, and, above all, sustainable. Over an entire year, the author and her husband -- experienced farmers themselves -- took a sabbatical and traveled the length and breadth of the United States to live and work alongside some of the nation's most innovative farmers. Along the way they learned about best practices, and a whole lot about what doesn't work.


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