Kathy Jacobson lives deep in the wood in the Appalachian Ohio Hill Country Region. Her property is a 65-acre forest sanctuary which restores wildlife habitat. She was hired by the forest to serve as a human steward. The primary thing she does for her work is to promote health and diversity of the forest, especially for those endangered plants and animals. In her daily life and work, all the decisions she makes is with specific regard for both sustainability and resilience. To remove the stress like energy wasting and water pollution, she and her friends build their own solar power electricity, water collection system and vermicomposting. Some people say they admire her for her self-sufficiency but she has a different idea on this. “I won’t call it (my lifestyle) self-sufficiency. For me, it’s more about self-responsibility,” Kathy Jacobson said. “As a human living on this planet, it is my responsibility to establish a good relationship with all my ‘neighbors’ (all the species on Earth), and keep our ‘home’ (the Earth) clean.”

Kathy Jacobson takes a smoke and laughs for a joke when she takes a break with her friends after the weeding work is done. 

Kathy Jacobson (middle), discusses the weeding route with her neighbours, Angie Serrato (left) and Melissa Quick Kennedy (right) in the woods. She and her friends do weeding in fall every year for protecting local species. The particular kind of weeds they are trying to clear is called Japanese Stiltgrass, an invasive species that cause damage to the local environment.

Kathy Jacobson opens the pod and checks the seed of asclepias syriaca inside in her garden. No matter how busy that day was, she always spent a few hours walking along tha path and recording the growing status of different plants. 

Kathy Jacobson checks and records growing state of the asclepias syriaca in her garden. Asclepias syriaca, which is also called common milkweed,  provides the only food source for Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Jacobson’s farm is considered a Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch.

Kathy Jacobson and her two buddies, Tala (left) and Shilo (middle), lie by the pool together in a very relaxed position after a whole day work.  


Kathy Jacobson (left) feeds her vermicompost bin while her assistant, Paul Reed (right), take notes on some instruction that Kathy is giving him about a log entry in Stewart, Ohio, on Sep. 07, 2017. Vermicompost contains water-soluble nutrients and is an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It is used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming.

Kathy Jacobson covers her vermicompost bin with straw in her garden. Vermicompost contained water-soluble nutrients and Kathy utilized it as an excellent, nutrient-rich organic fertilizer and soil conditioner. It was used in farming and small scale sustainable, organic farming. 

Kathy Jacobson tries to read the word on the bottle. She canned the venison from a deer killed by accident in her property.

Kathy Jacobson sorts those can food from the top of the shelf in her kitchen. She stored a bunch of commercial can food as well as homemade ones for surviving from any natural disasters that may occur. “I always like to be prepared,” She said.

Kathy Jacobson relaxed on the sofa with her dogs, Shilo (left) and Tala (right), outside of her house.

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