The downtown Camden Public Library will host author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. Her first book, “A Modern Homesteader’s Guide to Keeping Geese,” was released in October 2017.  Her second title, “So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader: All The Dirt on Living the Good Life” was released in November.

“So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?” is a look-before-you-leap guide to the joys and pitfalls of the rural good life. Dreams of self-sufficiency, independence and tranquility continue to pull in a new generation of modern homesteaders. While growing your own food and being in charge of your life is the source of much satisfaction, there are many challenges to living away from modern conveniences.

Drawing from a deep well of experience, this essential guide covers: the romance versus the reality of rural living; finding the right property; building versus bootstrapping; practical “must-have” skills; earning an income and farming on a budget; creating community; seasonal living; children and schooling; and social media, the internet and rural life.

Lie-Nielsen of Liberty is a writer and farmer whose small “hobby homestead” quickly grew to encompass geese, goats, chickens, bees, ducks and extensive vegetable and herb gardens. Always intrigued by self-sufficiency and working with her hands, Lie-Nielsen enjoys sharing her experiences and the lessons of life on the farm for publications such as Grit, Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry and

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or