Abby Smith

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Kirkwood Community College
Recipe Writing And Product Develoment, Butchery, Cheese Making
  • Abby has been an international lifestyle blogger and food writer for 10 years. Her blog Very Simple, Very Easy, Very Good won Top Ex-pat blog from Internations.
  • Abby writes about food with the authority of someone who knows it from the soil up. She is a farmer, organic gardener, animal husbander, butcher, and cheesemaker. She also managed restaurants for the Kimpton group in the heart of Chicago's theater district.
  • Abby created a butchery and cheese-making program to support the farm-to-table concept at the luxury resort Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. The success of this program enticed Outstanding In Their Field, the internationally renowned pop-up restaurant group, to host an event highlighting the extensive farm and garden program at Rancho Santana.


Abby is a veteran, award-winning blogger. She has extensive knowledge of food industry issues from her 25 years spent working in restaurants and as a farmer, animal husbander, butcher, and cheesemaker. Her experience affords her writing the authority and insight of practical, applied skills and real-world knowledge.


Abby studied poetry at a small college in Iowa, where she was introduced to the writings of Wendell Berry, after which her focus shifted from acquiring degrees to making a positive impact on the planet through sustainable farming and animal husbandry. She has chronicled her journey of caring for the earth in her blog for the last 10 years. She believes in lifelong education and recently received SEO certification from Hubspot Academy.
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