Lisa Munniksma

freelance writing, editing, farming, travel

Let’s work together!

Freelance writer, editor, farmer and traveler is a long-winded title, but these all boil down to one thing: I am a storyteller. As a farmer, I tell the story of the seeds, the animals and the land. As a traveler, I tell the story of my place, my self, where I’ve been and where I’m going. As a writer and editor, I tell the stories of others and help others tell their stories more authentically. The story may be of the small-scale food artisan who is using her grandmother’s recipes to feed her community; of the world’s great beaches that can only be accessed by foot; of how to build a greenhouse for less than $100 so someone can feed his family; of the changes our politicians are making in our food systems that affect how our children receive nutrition.

These are not my stories—I just help tell them.

I am a freelance writer and editor.

Writing has been part of my life for as long as I can remember, and from the moment I corrected the first errant comma with my red pen, a passion for editing was sparked. I have been professionally involved in writing, editing and media relations since 1996. I currently spend much of my writing and editing time working on pieces about food, farming, travel and hiking for magazines and websites. I also help small-business owners and organizations with their website copy, social media and marketing materials.

I used to be the editor of Hobby Farms magazine, and I was a founding editor of the now-shuttered Urban Farm magazine. It was the time spent behind these desks that taught me I didn’t just want to sit behind a desk for 50 or more hours per week—I wanted to be farming, cooking, eating and experiencing these things elsewhere, too.

I am a freelance farmer.

I live in Kentucky and work on a family run, diversified, organic farm. I also grow culinary and medicinal herbs. After traveling around the world and working short stints in more than 18 farm and food situations, I arrived back in Kentucky, excited to see the potential in a sustainable, local food economy here.

I am a freelance traveler.

There are the travelers who book the package resort vacations, take cruises and rush around on guided tours. I’m not that traveler. Since 2011, I’ve been entranced by long-term, independent travel. My adventures have taken me to work at a goat dairy in France, a bakery in Greece, a horse farm in The Netherlands, a community-supported-agriculture operation in Belgium, an eco-village in Turkey, a llama farm in Utah, and so many more places. I have hiked and swam; cooked, eaten and imbibed with locals; and learned customs and languages I can never forget. My current love is Puerto Rico—La Isla del Encanto—where I’ve spent four months so far, but farther-flung places, as well as the call to farm right here in Kentucky, also await.

 

Check out this portfolio of some of my writing projects.