Lynda King is a freelance writer who lives with her husband in a 19th-century farmhouse on a one-acre “mini-farm” in Central Massachusetts, where they maintain a large organic garden and a small flock of chickens. As a Girl Scout, Lynda learned “Always be prepared!” … and took that early lesson to heart. Today her grandchildren frequently quote her oft-repeated adage: “I’d rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
Lynda is president and cofounder of a group in her town dedicated to creating a self-reliant community. The group has worked closely with the town’s emergency management personnel on organizing a CERT team and has hosted educational programs on emergency preparedness. The group also organizes sustainable living workshops that have included skills such as bread- and cheese-making, home canning, beekeeping, and understanding alternative energy.