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.
Jean Denney, Group Editor for Mother Earth Living, Heirloom Gardener, and Fermentation
Jean landed at Ogden Publications in a circuitous way. She first read Jethro Kloss’ Back to Eden in sixth grade; roamed the Catoctin Mountains, foraging for sassafras and pipsissewa, in high school; toured around the country dancing with a colorful group of vegetarian, Appalachian cloggers and old-time musicians (The Fiddle Puppets) in college; and finally became a somatic practitioner (Certified Laban Movement Analyst) with a Ph.D. in dance. Jean has used acupuncture since 1982 as a primary source of her healthcare. When she’s not experimenting with food, she likes to paint en plein air. Jean is happiest when she can get in her five-a-day goals: meditate, exercise, write, read, and make art. Working for Mother Earth Living, Heirloom Gardener, and Fermentation helps her meet two of these goals each day.
Caitlin Wilson,Senior Managing 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.
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 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.
Haley Casey, Associate Editor
Haley began at Ogden Publications in the Web Services team. Eventually she filled a job opening at Mother Earth Living, and combining her love of writing with her love of publishing has made for the perfect fit. She now works on four additional titles: Mother Earth News, Grit, Heirloom Gardener, and Capper’s Farmer, and she occasionally writes for all of them. She also edits the podcasts Mother Earth News and Friends and Community Chickens, as well as styles the cover photos for Mother Earth Living.
Allison Sarkesian, Associate 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.
Jessica Mitchell, Associate 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 has a bachelor’s degree in Writing Arts. She moved to Kansas to join the editorial team at Ogden Publications. Jordan has traveled to 17 countries, and spent four months in Italy and a summer in Australia.
Now living in Lawrence, Kansas, you can typically find Jordan reading a book outdoors while listening to John Mayer in her spare time. 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 for lunch at least once a week.
Ryan Crowell, Assistant Editor
Ryan grew up on 26-acre plot of land in Kansas, where his family kept cattle, a few horses, and as many as three German shorthairs at any given time. He graduated from Southwestern College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in history, criminal justice, and leadership. He moved to northeast Kansas to attend law school. Ryan currently lives in Topeka with his wife and dog. Outside of the office, he is usually reading one of the many books on his bookshelves or hiking trails in search of a bird he’s never seen.
Blair Gordon, Assistant Editor
Blair grew up in the Wakarusa Valley on the outskirts of Lawrence, Kansas. From a very young age, she was writing stories, getting chased by geese, and eating sweet corn and tomatoes straight out of the garden. Blair earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. Soon after graduating, she took on her most thrilling and challenging job to date as an elementary school science and math teacher in open-air classrooms in beautiful Turrialba, Costa Rica. Later, she managed a small children’s boutique in Lawrence, designing websites, newsletters, and advertisements. As an editor for Ogden Publications, she reads and writes about plants, the science of fermentation, and natural remedies. When Blair isn't working, she’s busy entertaining her 2-year-old son.
Ilene Reid, Editorial Assistant
Ilene was born and raised in Northeast Kansas, and 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.
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