My name is Katherine Grossman.
I’m the author and creator of GRANNY MILLER. For over 10 years GRANNY MILLER has been a trusted online source for practical small farm and classic homestead information.
Livestock care, food preservation, garden, and pantry tips; forgotten crafts, old-time folklore, off-grid non-electric life; and plenty of strong opinions, are just some of what you’ll find on this website.
Click here for the blog. Click here for a list of all recent and past posts. Click here for contact information. Click here for my recommendations and resource page.
What You Should Know About Me
At best I’m an ambivalent blogger. I tend to take very long breaks away from the Internet. Time away from the Internet keeps my life positive, steady, productive and balanced. It’s not at all unusual for me to drop offline and out of sight for months at a time. When you see this page as the Home Page for GRANNY MILLER, you’ll know that I’m focusing on something else in my life for awhile and not actively writing.
I first began publishing online in 2006 as a way to share with others what I had learned about self-reliance, homesteading and living deliberately. Most of my writing is confined to the winter months and during bad weather. During the summer and in good weather, a picture with a brief snippet on Instagram is about as much as I can manage. You can always connect with me there.
I have stopped and restarted this website at least 5 times since 2006. In January of 2016 I began work on a 3 part series of short books to preserve selected content from this website in a more permanent form.
Content from this website is being published because the truth is, GRANNY MILLER will be removed again from the Internet sometime in the future. I know it. Longtime readers know it. And now you know it too.
When GRANNY MILLER is taken down again it will be without any notice.
Not only am I fickle about maintaining a website, but I’m also mortal. Nothing lasts forever – including me.
So if there’s an article you’d like to print and save, I’d recommend that you do it sooner rather than later.
Because you just never know.
A City Transplant
Up until the age of 35 I lived my entire life in large metropolitan areas. Back in those days I wanted the life that I have today but I didn’t know how to get it. Truth be told, I’m a city transplant who grew into a country person.
What I discovered about freedom, self-reliance, rural life and homesteading has only been within the last 30 years or so.
My country education has been helped a great deal by marriage. Much of what I learned about simple living was passed on to me by my husband’s family and by the two generations of homesteaders and small farmers who came before me. Sadly most of those people are gone now. But the information, traditions and worldview that they shared still live on in me.
Thirty years ago I knew nothing about cows, water witching, wood stoves, guns or so many of the other things that I know about today. Some of the skills and knowledge that today I take for granted I had to learn on my own. Practical life experience supplemented by the local public library was often invaluable to me. Many things about farm and country life I had to learn the hard way. Some lessons ended with tears and heartbreak.
I get a lot of questions from people who live in the suburbs or in large cities and want a more self-reliant life but don’t know where or how to begin. Sometimes they express doubts as to whether or not they can learn the skills they’ll need. I share this information about myself because readers often assume that I have always lived a rural life and was born knowing how to render lard or milk a goat.
Not so. My agrarian outlook and life has been acquired and cultivated.
If You Want It – You Can Have It
I think it’s reassuring for some people to know that it is possible to make the transition from city life to country life: from total food and energy dependence to a life of relative independence and freedom.
If you really make up your mind to do it, a simpler and more self-determined and self-supporting existence is possible no matter who you are. In fact it’s more than possible.
A more self-reliant life isn’t dependent upon geographical location, education or financial resources. In the suburbs, on a tiny town lot or even in the big city, you can become more responsible for your own basic needs.
Whether you are young or old – a man or a woman – rich or poor – it doesn’t matter.
Self- reliance is really about choices that we make every day wherever we are – whoever we may be.
It is my sincerest wish that GRANNY MILLER will be of benefit and provide encouragement to the next generation of homesteaders, garden farmers, and small-holders who are looking for a better life.
Enjoy the trip!