Deborah is the face and heart of Antiquity Oaks. She’s the one who writes the blog, responds to animal and product sale requests, and generally oversees everything as farm manager and CEO. If you have a question about anything, she’s the one to ask. In addition to having a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in communication, she used to be a certified childbirth educator and lactation consultant. She’s been a published writer in magazines, newspapers, and the Internet since 1988. She even taught college speech. Around the farm, she births baby animals, nurses sick ones, makes breeding plans, decides which animals are bought and sold, develops new products, keeps the website updated, posts to Facebook and Twitter, works directly with interns and apprentices, keeps track of farm production, and makes short and long-range plans for the farm.
Her first book, Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living was published in 2011 by New Society Publishers. Her second book, Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life, was published in 2012, and her third book, Raising Goats Naturally: The Complete Guide to Milk, Meat, and More was published in 2013. She also teaches Raising Goats Sustainably and Pastured Poultry online for the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.