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Lisa Steele

Blogger, and best-selling author, Fresh Eggs Daily and Gardening with Chickens

Lisa Steele is a Master Gardener and fifth-generation chicken keeper currently living on a farm in the Maine woods with her husband and mixed flock of chickens and ducks. She is a frequent contributor to and and has been featured by Bob Villa and Good Housekeeping magazine. Her writing can also be found in various publications including Hobby Farm, Chickens, Backyard Poultry and Molly Green magazines. Lisa has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s “Garden Style” PBS television show, the reality TV series “Coop Dreams,” as well as numerous podcasts and national radio shows including “Living the Country Life” radio. Lisa is a popular speaker at conferences and fairs where she shares her unique approach to natural chicken keeping, her love of growing herbs and practical gardening advice. Her blog has been named a top ten garden blog by Better Homes and Gardens magazine and her Facebook page of the same name is a favorite of more than half a million fans. Lisa is the top-selling author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy Healthy Chickens…Naturally (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013), Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy Healthy Ducks…Naturally (St. Lynn’s Press, 2015) and Gardening with Chickens: Plans and Plants for You and Your Hens (Voyageur Press, 2016).


Fresh Eggs Daily: Gardening with Chickens

Chickens can be hard on gardens, but using a few tricks, it’s not only possible to raise chickens and still have a beautiful yard and bountiful garden, your chickens can actually benefit your garden and vice versa. Chickens and gardens go hand-in-hand and together make up a complete food/growing cycle when you properly integrate the two. Discover how to get your chickens helping through all four seasons, how to compost with chicken manure, and how to landscape your chicken run as a beautiful oasis, and much more.

Thursday, Feb 23 at 12:30 pm / Hood Room / Book signing to follow

Introduction to Natural Chicken Keeping

Raising chickens naturally, without using chemicals or antibiotics is important since your family will be eating the eggs your chickens lay. Natural chicken keeping incorporates common herbs, weeds and edible flowers into a flock’s diet and environment for happy, healthy chickens…naturally. Find out what natural chicken keeping means, the best herbs to add to your chicken’s diet, herbs for refreshing the coop, medicinal herbs, and how to introduce baby chicks to herbs.

Friday, Feb 24 at 4:30 pm / Rainier Room / Book signing to follow