Kristeva Dowling was born and raised in Vancouver and attained her master’s degree in Social Anthropology in New Zealand. In 2003, she returned to Canada and bought a small acreage in the Bella Coola Valley. Determined to grow her own food, she turned her attention to sustainable farming, started a blog on homesteading and began to write about self-sufficiency. She has been a contributor to the blog “Not Dabbling in Normal,” the Coast Mountain News and the Williams Lake Tribune. She has also been published in Small Farm Canada, and has an upcoming article in Outdoor Edge Magazine about moose hunting. Kristeva is now living in Grande Prairie, Alberta.