Author Bios

Rachel Kaplan has been gardening in and around urban environments for over 20 years and belongs to a bi-coastal family of farmers and lovers of the land. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a focus in somatic ( She works alternately as a writer, educator, permaculture designer, activist and mother. She is a passionate advocate for the simple life, and the deep work of transition our culture currently faces. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Multidisciplinary Art and the other in Counseling Psychology. Her theater work  has toured internationally, and she is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden, and Diaspora: Stories from the Cities. She lives and works in Petaluma, California with her partner and their daughter on a little homestead they call Tiny Town Farm.

K. Ruby Blume is an educator, gardener, beekeeper, artist and activist, with 20+ years experience gardening in an urban setting. A life-long learner, she has studied everything from permaculture to pollination ecology, and has taught herself cooking, canning and fermentation techniques, as well as how to set tile, install a sink, do electrical wiring, tend a beehive and repair a motorcycle.  Ruby has worked extensively in the arts and is the co-founder and artistic director of Wise Fool Puppet Intervention, a community theatre project for environmental social change. In 2008 she founded the Institute of Urban Homesteading a project dedicated to promoting localism, self- reliance and urban sustainability through low-cost adult education ( Ruby lives and works in Oakland, California.