About John Ivanko

Together with his wife, Lisa Kivirist, John is a national speaker, marketing consultant and co-author of Farmstead Chef, the award-winning ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance. Together, they operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast and Farm, completely powered by the wind and sun. John is also the co-author and photographer for six award-winning multicultural children’s books for the Global Fund for Children, including Be My Neighbor, To Be an Arist and To Be a Kid. As a freelance writer and photographer, John contributes to Urban Farm, Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Hobby Farms, Natural Awakenings and E Magazine, among many others.




Browntown, Wisconsin

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author, photographer, writer, farmstead chef, farmer, speaker, parent, husband, consultant, homesteader, both mentor and mentee

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Recipe Boxes


Dinner Guest

The gamification of cooking

Earning points

Most of the time with cooking and eating, the rules are clear.

Graze: Bites from the Site
First Person

The secret sharer

A father’s legacy

The Culinate Interview

Mollie Katzen

The vegetarian-cooking pioneer


Down South

Barbecue, tamales, cocktails, and more

Local Flavors

A winter romesco sauce

Good on everything

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