About Me

Hey you. I’m Misty, human behind One Girl’s Rant, keeper of back-yard hens, local-living loud-mouth, pursuer of that which subsists off the beaten path, eater. I am a typical fat American recovering from the “typical” and “fat” parts and in this space I document my quest for self-determination and people-centered food systems.

You know, the usual stuff.

What’s All the Food Fuss, Anyway?

Not long ago I stood in the frozen food isle at my local grocery store and had an existential crisis. Oh, like you haven’t. I was an educated, sharp-witted, upwardly mobile, morbidly obese mother and wife who possessed zero food knowledge. As I sorted through the frozen big-guy meals I felt frustrated and depleted: what was this stuff I kept feeding to my family, year after year? Who were these corporations I handed the reigns of my family’s health over to without a second thought? I took a hard look at myself: so large I chafed in places one does not mention in polite company yet eternally hungry. This, despite painstakingly selecting products with the premium labels — stuff that promised to be nutritionally-fortified, non-fat, devoid of artificial…whatevers.

I wondered how much more of these label-promises my health could take.

I longed to eat real. That moment was my first step toward food sovereignty: recognizing I have food choices and deciding the responsibility of making them is mine.

Backyard Chickens Will Destroy the World.

There is nothing I would love more than to see backyard coops and community hen yards become a normalized part of modern human life. Scientifically speaking, chicken-keeping emancipates the soul. It imparts in humans a deep sense of independence and wellbeing not to mention chickens are hardy and you’ve got to really work at it to screw things up. Let a child feed a flock, collect the eggs, help prepare a meal for the family, and sit down and eat that meal together, then watch her wisdom and self-esteem flourish. Next thing you know her parents will feel food-confident and try new things; whole families will build relationships with local growers; the world as we know it will abruptly implode…

That is how chickens ruin everything. I’ve never had quite the same experience with a frozen microwavable dinner.

Humans and Connections.

Here you’ll find ideas and inspiration for following your own independent and self-determined path. Fellow Human, I am happy you are here. Is there anything I can do to help you? Please contact me. And please do share your perspective in the comments. Your input matters.

29 Comments

  • Reply bgossett January 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    This is a great blog. Glad I found it! My wife I and recently moved “out-of-town” and you are right about how chickens will change things. 🙂 Beautiful stone wall. What part of the country are you in?

    • Reply Misty Schutt January 24, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      Hi PRCN Soul-Mates: thank you for the comment! You are the FIRST PERSON to notice my wall 🙂 It was a collapsed farm wall along the back of our property and I spent 3 summers reassembling it. We live in Upstate NY and old stone farm walls used to be prevalent here but are a fading part of our landscape. Keep me posted on the chickens! My little flock is in high spirits this morning because we have sunshine (for a change).

  • Reply Tracey January 23, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Loved your post on raising backyard chickens. Particularly the part about stopping off and buying a cow on the way home from work. My extended family and I are moving to a home on 5 acres (in Georgia) and I can definitely see the progression happening! We are all actually looking forward to the chickens and goats 😀

    • Reply Misty Schutt January 24, 2015 at 3:13 pm

      Good luck with the move, Tracey, that sounds wonderful! I want a goat (or two). 🙂

  • Reply Charlene Huber Ball January 26, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Love your blog thank you for the funny stories and video’s. I grew up on a farm in Montana with cows, chickens, pigs, horses, turkeys, ducks and geese. I never thought of chickens quite like you do…oh so funny. I look forward to more!!

  • Reply Monica powers January 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I think you’re awesome! I’m here in rural Virginia. I too was an overweight housewife until I saw the movie “Fed Up” and started eating real whole food. I’m down 53lbs! I feel great. Now I want to start growing my own, including chickens! I plan to refer to this site for help. So thanks for doing this blog. And thanks for making us laugh!

    • Reply Misty Schutt January 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

      Hi Monica: So glad you found the blog and well done with your new eating decisions! You’re just a garden and a flock of chickens away from total world domination! 😀

  • Reply Doreen McBride February 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I have never posted on anyone’s blog before but you made me laugh so hard, I had to thank you. We’ve lived overseas for 10 years and when we finally returned state-side (Oregon) I warned my husband: I wanted my pets again. We have two dogs, two cats (both with amputated legs from gunshots), three rabbits, 4 chickens and 3 ducks. I would love to have goats or maybe a few peacocks. It really is an illness isn’t it?! I remember hearing once that hugging an animals was far better than any Prozac. Can’t imagine life without the zoo. More power to you! Enjoy your flock.

    • Reply Misty Schutt February 2, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks for the note, Doreen! I hope your zoo brings you joy 🙂

  • Reply Dawn February 15, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Misty, I never get tired of watching your videos, especially the one on Raising Backyard Chickens! Sixteen family/friends have sent your video to me on Facebook and another half dozen have asked me if I’ve seen it 🙂
    That’s probably all you need to know about me… I sure enjoy your wisdom and humor. Keep sharing- Dawn

  • Reply Nunda February 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Dear Misty ~ Just had to say how much I enjoy your blog, videos, and YOU!! Your description of yourself is pretty much where I’m at. Just started having backyard chickens and I love every minute of it! And I really appreciate your recent post regarding your daughter. My husband is bi-polar. It’s painful until you can find out the right diagnosis and then dial in the meds. Hurts the heart to see loved ones struggle! So, thank you, for what you do, and just being YOU!! And, please keep posting! You make me smile! 🙂 Blessings on you and your family!!

    • Reply Misty Schutt February 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks so much for this note, Nunda. I really appreciate it. And please keep me posted on the new flock!

  • Reply Camille Strate February 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Hey Misty ~ just found you (via a friend on FaceBook and a rant on chickens). You are HILARIOUS. Love your style and your witty truths. So glad I found you. Cluck cluck.

  • Reply Bonnie "Bon" Edwards February 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Misty – your “rant” was music to my ears. Someone put your chicken rant on my FB page and I am relieved to know that I am not the only “chickenaholic” in the known world. I am in recovery as it were right now because we have moved into town and my darling husband is DRAGGING HIS FEET on building me a backyard chicken coop. I subscribe to “Chicken Keeping Secrets” and get a pseudo fix from reading my little tidbits from them but it JUST ISN’T THE SAME!!! At 65 and retired I now have the perfect opportunity to take care of “my girls” and just wanted to get some MORAL SUPPORT for coming down off my recovery and jumping ONCE AGAIN head long into the world of GONE CHICKEN LOVER.
    Thanks for taking the time to read my rant – I feel as if I’ve been to a CAA meeting. I’m thinking I’ll get Buff Orpingtons (sp?) I’ve heard that they lay a nice big egg and have great attitudes. Thanks once again for reading my rant and CARRY ON!! Oh and by the way, I’ll not be getting any of the bovine persuasion as I was married to a 20T acre cattle ranch with 700 cow/calf pairs for 20 years. I’m way over the cows, Although I do miss the ranch – Take care and God Bless!!

  • Reply lindacrews April 21, 2015 at 1:58 am

    I love your sense of sarcastic humor. Your topic is perfect for me at this time in my life. My son and daughter-in-law are in the process of moving from the LA area of California to a farm in Missouri. Thank you four the fun!

  • Reply Alayna April 23, 2015 at 1:58 am

    my dad and I love your videos. we laugh ALOT .recently we made an imitation and when we edit it we are going to send it to you, we call it one little girl’s rant. I am 12 years old and live in Hahira, Georgia. on a farm with 8 chicks. 4 rhode island reds and 4 buff orpingtons. the chicks are now outside in our BIG run. I believe the world is becoming bad with all those chemicals in the food. my mom likes eating healthy and instead of medical drugs for her body she uses essential oils it takes patients to heal your body. I hope you try to be more healty like my mom and read a lot of books about being healthy LEARN ABOUT THE STUFF THAT IS IN OUR FOODS [ LIKE GOLDFISH] God bless pray for our nation!

  • Reply Lisa May 3, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Oh my gosh, I finally found someone I can relate too!! I saw your video on FB about the backyard chickens. The person you talk about becoming is me!! LOL. I play country music for my girls when I am in the hen house doing chores or collecting eggs. Yes, I call them the girls and the few steers we have I call the boys. I talk to every one of my animals. I also keep bees and they are also my girls. I keep thinking something is wrong with me but I love talking to all the animals. LOL. We live in central BC Canada on a 5.5acre hobby farm. We love it. Wish we would have bought acreage when our boys were little but better late then never.

  • Reply johanne dalby July 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

    I think wee have the same way whit chickens i Denmark. I live i the country side, and have 14 chiks i my backyard. Love your video. Love from Denmark

  • Reply Llarissa August 2, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    I really love your videos and the way you think. I agree on every topic you’ve discussed. Don’t stop expressing yourself, your voice needs to be heard.

  • Reply D'Arcy Pitman, RHN August 23, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    You are a ray of sunshine in this often dim world! 🙂 Keep it going!

    I LOVED your video on the hazards of backyard chickens.

  • Reply SandyG September 9, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    You have taken my poor brain back to my childhood days when my grandmother (Big Mama) had chickens and they all followed her around the yard like pets. Yes, she named them and they came when she called. She wore an apron all the time and always had some tidbits in the pockets to feed them when she went outside. Great memories!

    I have a big vegetable garden and compost the scraps but would love some chickens to feed them to. Maybe I can talk DH into building a small coop for me in the spring. (Or a big coop since I expect the flock will grow!)

  • Reply Glenn Eggert September 12, 2015 at 3:30 am

    If I could have a chicken in my apartment I would. You have a great blog and those videos are hilarious and truthful. I liked on Facebook and subscribed on YouTube.

  • Reply Tina November 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    When I first started to watch “The Dangers of Backyard Chickens” I was prepared to get angry. My chickens are my girls. They are my pets and have never proven to be dangerous!!! Of course, I’m glad I watched the entire thing because it’s funny, entertaining and spot on. We did try goats, but where we lived they were not allowed. At first our solution was to find them a home and stick with chickens. This was not a practical solution at all, so eventually we were forced to move into the country. The girls have a beautiful hen house with professionally built roosts and nest boxes. (our house isn’t quite right, but we are willing to work with it since the outbuildings are perfect) We recently acquired more goats and I’ve been able to stop boarding out my horse and bring him home to me.

    Originally the cuteness factor is what lured me into chicken keeping, but the eggs were amazing! Since that time I’ve begun to put more thought and effort into our food choices. I’m still tragically overweight, but I feel so much healthier and I feel better about what I feed my child. There has been talk of a cow, but the extra time commitment has us spooked. I believe I might be ready to try meat chickens, so will give that a bit more thought come chick season.

    Thank you for having such a witty way to tell about this addiction. I can’t wait to tell my chicken loving friends, discuss things on my chicken lovers group and pin some new chicken breeds on pinterest!

  • Reply Dana January 11, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Thank you for entertaining me and letting me know that I’m not the only one who thinks a little feta with my farm fresh eggs is not an unreasonable thing to want. I’ve had a chance to watch some of your other videos and you are one of my new heroes

  • Reply Johanna February 16, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Misty,

    Just stumbled on your videos and blog and definitely felt a connection (lol not a stalker internet thing) – just a sarcastic sick of the flavored cardboard the USDA approved as food….as WE fall for it!

    I am 46 and going to retire in a few year and all I want is a small piece of land an some chicks and a garden. I already taught myself canning, and have been making bread for years. This will be my third year veggie gardening (getting more successful every year). I Soooooo want to do this.

    But I am alone and disabled so its a bit scary of an undertaking. So I am still researching and practicing gardening and all, hoping that someday I will be able to make a lot of my own food. I am certain that my disability (vasculitis of the brain) which is an immunological disorder is from all the crap in the food. Even drinking a green smootihie makes me feel like a different person.

    I wish I could find a town where everybody was doing the same thing so I wouldn’t feel like such a loner doin this!

    But anyhow! Love the videos! And the RANTS! I could go at it all day – you are right – if we want to stop it, we need to stop buying the crap!

    Thanks for picking up my mood tonight!

    Johanna

    • Reply Misty Schutt February 19, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Johanna, so glad you stopped in and left this note. I think what you are doing is wonderful and I want you to keep going! When you find that town let me know, I’ll move in next door! 🙂

    • Reply Cindy March 16, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      You might be interested in this community
      http://www.dancingrabbit.org/

      • Reply Misty Schutt March 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm

        Good call, Cindy! I follow them an receive their monthly news letter 😀 Johanna: this might be right up your alley!

  • Reply Sharon April 4, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Thank you so much for your YouTube channel. The first video I saw was the gateway Li estock video about chickens. It is so true. I can say I fell down that slippery slope. Our family moved to the country and now have 40 chickens and a milking goat. Oops. Thanks for always making me laugh and think. You always say what I’m thinking. You are awesome. Keep rocking it!!
    Sharon

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