Since retiring from active grain farming in Alberta, Canada and before that Switzerland, my husband Robert and I spent about three months of each year in Zambia. We helped African small scale farmers improve their farming technology to gain food security and provide for their families while sustaining the land. We believe and taught that Conservation Farming methods are one of the best ways to achieve this, especially as taught by Foundations of Farming. (www.foundationsforfarming.org) I have a special interest in herbal medicine for Africans, as good medical care is often far away and expensive.
It is a well known fact in Development circles that women are the most likely to profit from help given. I experience this myself and so I take a special interest in working with women to educate and empower them to grow as women, mothers, and members of the community. Out of this interest the book was born “Laughter in the Shadows – eleven stories of courage of Zambian Women”. The book is now published both as a paperback and as an e-book, under my own press name, marerobster publishing.
I am a freelance writer for several large farm newspapers in Canada, Switzerland and Zambia. Feature articles about agriculture in the countries I visit, portraits of farm families and women, and news of interest are part of my repertoire.
My first book, Greetings from Zambia – letters home from an overseas volunteer, printed in Fall 2010 is now out of print. More about “Greetings from Zambia”.
My husband Robert and I are currently living in Switzerland. Besides writing and travelling, there is no better way to spend a day than with two twin boys who call me ‘Grandma’, and with the rest of the family of course!