By Phil Nichols
Even as an Iowa youngster growing up across the river from metropolitan Omaha Nebraska, Phil never liked city life. A descendent of the Daniel Boone family—hunting, fishing and the outdoors were ingrained in his DNA. The U.S. Navy Seabees taught him a construction trade and a stint in Vietnam turned him away from chemicals toward a lifetime of organic gardening. In 1982 he and his family made the move to their 34 more-or-less acre homestead in the rural Missouri Ozark hill country. Phil is the author of three books: Ozarks Bound: Surviving the Transition From City to Country Life, What Price Retribution: the Wilson/Reeves Story (a civil war novel) and Sugar Tree Club 100 Years 1916-2016 (a history) as well as numerous magazine articles. He likes to include some wry humor in his writing but when it comes to actually making country life work—he strives to keep it real.
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