Renee Wilkinson is a sixth generation Oregon homesteader with a fascination for watching things grow and getting her hands dirty. Her homestead is a tenth of an acre plot in Portland, Oregon, where she lives blissfully with her husband, daughter Juniper, son River and flock of backyard chickens.

Renee launched HipChickDigs in 2007 to share information about homesteading, edible landscape design, and sustainable living. She is author of the book Modern Homestead: Grow, Raise, Create covering everything you ever wanted to know about growing your own produce, keeping urban livestock and preserving the harvest. Her book readings, workshops and lectures have taken her across the country.

After receiving a Masters in Landscape Architecture degree, Renee immersed herself in the world of design. Her design work has included state, regional and city parks, multi-use trails, nature playgrounds and residential gardens. Check out her Design Services page for more information.



The most important thing you need to build your own modern homestead is motivation. That said, there are a few tools and supplies we find useful to have on our homestead. You can check out my Amazon aStore to find all kinds of helpful products including gardening gear, homesteading books, food preservation equipment and natural baby care supplies. If you buy something from the store, our family gets a small kickback.



Occasionally I partner with a company to review a product or service. I am transparent with my readers about my experience (for better or worse) and clearly denote whether I received anything in exchange for writing about it. The product or service must match the following criteria:

  • be extremely relevant to my readers
  • replace a real cost to my family
  • be from a company that matches my values



Feel free to email me at Renee@HipChickDigs.com with questions, comments or to find out more about working with me. Happy growing!

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