GRIT is a bi-monthly magazine distributed throughout the United States and Canada that celebrates country lifestyles of all kinds, while emphasizing the importance of community and stewardship. As North America’s premier rural lifestyle title, GRIT publishes feature-length articles on a broad range of topics that appeal to those already living in the country and those who aspire to get there. Our readers are well-educated, successful and choose to live on the land for many reasons. Most do not depend on their soil for significant income – some choose not to work their land (in the conventional sense) at all. But all share an appreciation for life out where the pavement ends.
GRIT offers practical advice, product reviews, livestock guides, gardening, cooking and other do-it-yourself information, humor and the inspirational stories of folks who moved to the country and love it. Each issue covers topics related to country living, land management, wildlife, gardening, livestock or pets, skills and techniques, seasonal food, community, machinery or tools, and lifestyle events.
Today’s GRIT is an upbeat rural title just as it has been since 1882. The magazine is more focused now than before, without being the news piece it once was and that many folks warmly remember. GRIT has evolved from that venerable and respected newspaper to a sophisticated full-color magazine. We still have the same values: Community, Family, Positive Outlook and Sharing. Several departments from the original GRIT have been retained, and, in its new form, the magazine is the perfect companion for folks looking to get the most out of country living. Learn more about GRIT's history.
For a little history read "As American as Mom, Apple Pie & Grit."
Meet the Editors:
Oscar H. Will III, Editorial Director
Hank Will (Oscar H. Will III) is a business leader, academic, and agricultural practitioner devoted to conservation and small scale, sustainable agriculture. He's currently the editorial director at Ogden Publications in Topeka, Kansas, publishers of titles such as Grit, Capper’s Farmer, Mother Earth News, Farm Collector and many other print and digital properties. Hank’s small-scale, high-cash-flow farming experience spans more than four decades, with plant and animal crops as varied as native perennials and heirloom laying chickens. His current project, Prairie Turnip Farm in rural Osage County, Kansas, is home to direct-market Highland beef, landrace lamb, soap, feral bee, hay, and metal-working businesses. Hank says that none of that would happen without immense help from his wife, Joanna, and her children Scott and Genevieve. Hank has also authored or co-authored 9 books and hundreds of articles, and enjoys maintaining open-pollinated corn varieties his great-grandfather developed in Bismarck, Dakota Territory, under the Oscar H. Will & Co. brand.
Rebecca Martin, Group Editor for Rural Lifestyles
Rebecca grew up on a farm in Kansas, where she developed a lifelong love of gardening, food preservation, cooking, and DIY. She holds a master’s degree in American Studies, and worked for history museums for many years before coming to Ogden Publications -- first with Mother Earth News, and later Grit and Capper's Farmer. She and her husband like to push the envelope when it comes to front-yard gardening. You can follow her on Instagram, where she posts close-ups from her garden and, occasionally, photos of beautiful storm clouds.
Hannah Kincaid, Group Editor for Wellness and Gardening
Hannah is a life-long student of herbal medicine and has completed multiple apprenticeship programs both locally and afar. She spends much of her free time tending her medicinal herb garden, distilling hydrosols in her copper still, and pressing botanicals to frame and share. Hannah lives with her boyfriend and two adopted dogs near historic Lawrence, Kansas, where they enjoy their days hiking, biking, and breathing in all that the native prairie has to offer.
Russell Mullin, Managing Editor
Russell might best be described as an adventurer-gardener who has braved flash floods while guiding deep in the Gila Mountains of New Mexico, navigated rapids on the rivers of North Carolina and Tennessee, sailed through lightning storms in the Gulf of Mexico, and volunteered on organic farms in France. A personal challenge to eat completely within a 25-mile radius of his home for a month (and the difficulties that came with it) led him to serve on the Douglas County Food Policy Council. He's also a board member for the Kansas Permaculture Institute. These experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for the natural world as well as a sense of stewardship for his community. Russell is in the process of designing and building a tiny home on wheels with his significant other, Mary Beth, so they can park their home on 10 beautiful acres and get to work on creating a small homestead.
Russell enjoys creating nature-inspired sculptures out of natural and sustainable materials, hand-carves wooden spoons, and has a particular appreciation for dill pickles or any tangy ferment.
Traci Smith, Managing Editor
Traci was a city girl until the age of six, when her parents bought some acreage, built a house, and moved them out of the city limits. She now lives on 20 acres in rural Osage County, Kansas, not far from where she grew up. Traci began her career with Stauffer Communications in 1994, which was later sold to Ogden Publications. She’s happy to be part of such a fantastic team of editors, and grateful to have a job she loves.
Amanda Sorell, Senior Copy Editor
Amanda Sorell is the senior copy editor for Ogden Publications. At work, she values clarity and connection over upholding rigid grammatical standards. She lives in Seattle with a lively collection of houseplants and cats. She enjoys brewing herbal potions, cooking, learning, making DIY beauty products, and reading and writing about health, literature, and sustainability.
Caitlin Wilson, Associate Editor
Caitlin is a gardener, textile artist, and editor who’s become firmly rooted in the Midwest after a childhood in Southern California and Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2014 with a degree in English and minors in biology and math, topics that continue to fascinate her and crop up in unexpected ways. She also loves medieval history and is a member of a local recreation group, with which she practices archery, swordsmanship, and more. When she’s at home, she’s often fussing over her beloved English roses or trying to propagate unlikely tropical plants, in between reading voraciously and experimenting with new recipes.
Haley Casey, Associate Editor
After packing as many English electives into her middle school, high school, and college schedules as possible, Haley graduated from The University of Kansas in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing. That summer, she attended a Young Adult Writing Workshop, and that fall she attended the Denver Publishing Institute. Now, she combines her love of writing with her love for publishing on the Ogden Publications editorial team. As well as occasionally writing original content for the magazines, she also edits the Mother Earth News and Friends and Community Chickens podcasts. At home, she tries out green living tips and products on her husband, including healthier recipes, essential oils, and scattering houseplants throughout their apartment.
Casey Marshall, Assistant Editor
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College, Casey lived and worked in the fast-paced Washington, D.C., metro area until moving to Lawrence, Kansas to follow her true passions: reading, writing, and editing material focused on conscientious living.
Casey has traveled through 10 countries, including a brief study abroad in Sri Lanka. Each trip cultivated her fascination with alternative living. Aside from her professional endeavors, she enjoys spending time with her black cat, Jasper, reading the many books scattered throughout her home, and developing her plant-heavy culinary skills.
You can find Casey on LinkedIn.
Jessica Mitchell, Assistant Editor
Jessica joined the editorial staff in 2017, and loves working for impactful magazines. She moved from Pennsylvania, her lifelong home, to Kansas, and quickly fell in love with the small towns and open skies — though she does miss the Pennsylvania mountains. Outside of editing, you can find Jessica hunkered in the library, binging on animated movies, wandering the Kansas trails, tinkering on the piano, or brewing tea by the liter.
Jordan Moslowski, Assistant Editor
Originally from New Jersey, Jordan received a bachelor’s degree inr Writing Arts. She then moved to Kansas to join the editorial team at Ogden Publications. She has traveled to 17 countries, and spent four months in Italy and a summer in Australia.
Now living in Lawrence, Jordan can typically be found spending her spare time reading a book outdoors while listening to John Mayer. She's truly terrible at cooking, but loves trying anyway, and hopes to eventually make something edible. Luckily, she has a deep obsession with sushi, and goes out for lunch at least once a week.
Allison Sarkesian, Assistant Editor
Allison graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. She calls Topeka home, and when she's not trying to keep plants alive in her container garden, she can usually be found reading, playing with a camera, trying new recipes, or hiking with her husband.
Ilene Reid, Editorial Assistant
Ilene was born and raised in Northeast Kansas, and loves it here. She loves small-town county living. Over the years, she's had a hand in raising hogs, cattle, and chickens on a small scale. Her family has always had a few horses, and of course, a good dog and a few cats. She misses those days now, but working for Grit, Capper’s Farmer, and other rural titles fills her yearning for that simple country lifestyle.
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GRIT is published by Ogden Publications, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas. Ogden Publications, Inc. is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities.