Brent Hickey was raised on a homestead in rural Kentucky. As a homeschooler and Eagle Scout, Brent choose to work with neighboring farmers in order to learn fundamental earthskills. After spending time in such diverse jobs as counseling juvenile delinquents, graphic design and teaching photography, Brent decided to return to working with the earth. He moved to Western North Carolina where he studied permaculture design, stonework and apprenticed in horticulture with Chuck Marsh. He now lives off-the-grid where he enjoys gardening with his sweetheart and raising their three children.