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.
How Does GRIT Today Compare with GRIT of Old?
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:
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.
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.
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.
You can connect with Jessica on Instagram, and follow her adventures through her nature and art blog, Fluttering Pages.
Oscar H. Will III, Editor at Large
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, Tech 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.
Christine Stoner, Associate Editor
A native Kansan, Christine graduated from Washburn University with a bachelor’s degree in mass media focusing on writing and publishing with a minor in art. Her stint as a mechanic working on aircraft fuel systems in the Air Force fueled her fascination with anything motorized. She joined Ogden Publications in February of 2020 and specifically works on the collectible titles Gas Engine Magazine, Motorcycle Classics and Farm Collector, while also assisting with other publications. In her free time, she can be found creating art, gardening and preserving, hiking and kayaking, garage tinkering, practicing ukulele, taking on DIY home repairs with her husband, or bowling with her three children. She also has dogs, a villainous cat, and a coop full of sassy chickens that keep her days interesting.
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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