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John Moody Whole Life Services and Some Small Farm

John is a farmer, homesteader, and leader in the local food movement. He started and has managed Whole Life Buying Club in the Louisville, KY area - one of the largest food co-operatives in the nation. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, which defends farmers and consumers against government action to restrict their ability to grow and consume real food. He is a popular speaker at the Mother Earth News Fair and other events.

Email: john@steader.com

John Moody’s Courses


Learn how to rapidly build soil from low cost or free inputs to produce bountiful crops, from your backyard to a back acre. We will cover together the forces that prevent good soil formation and cause soil loss, how to build soil rapidly, and how to protect and steward it for years to come. A host of skills, strategies, and techniques will be covered, including solarization, weed suppression, compost, cover cropping, incorporating animals in annual spaces, and more.

P360 worms

Have you heard about the benefits of worm compost, but are unsure how to get started? Or are you a seasoned worm compost maker, wanting to learn additional tips, skills, and options for low cost and flexible infrastructure to take your composting to the next level? This course will cover the basics of making worm compost up to a small farm or homestead level and volume.

Learn about the amazing elderberry - finding and properly identifying, foraging, and more with elderberry expert John Moody

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John & Jessica Moody

Louisville, KY • July 2017

In July 2017 we visited Some Small Farm, run by John and Jessica Moody, on the outskirts of Lousiville, KY. Tour the homestead of the author of "The Frugal Homesteader", "The Elderberry Book", "DIY Sourdough", and "Winning the War on Weeds".