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Maat Van Uitert
Maat van Uitert is a poultry, livestock, and homesteading expert and author who helps everyday people achieve independence by teaching fans how to raise chickens, learn traditional skills, and become more self-sufficient. She is the founder and editor at her website FrugalChicken, which gives homesteading and livestock advice. As a sought-after chicken and homesteading expert, Maat speaks at summits and seminars both online and in person, and shares her knowledge on podcasts and radio shows for the homesteading community. In 2015, Maat published her first book, Chicken Nutrition: Feeding Your Hens From Chick To Layer. Based on the popularity of that book, she began formulating an online course about chicken nutrition titled Feeding Your Hens Right, which is due out in January 2016, and has already pre-sold many copies. With her ever-growing flock of poultry, as well as her herds of goats, pigs, rabbits, and horses, Maat is kept busy on her 10-acre rural homestead. As a traditional skills expert, Maat is also a soap making nut, with her own line of goat milk soaps, produced right on her homestead from her herd of wonderful (but mischievous) milking goats, and shares her goat milk soap with the world on FrugalChicken and in an Etsy shop that will open next spring. A fermenting fanatic, Maat also is a sought-after expert in preserving food by fermenting, and loves to make probiotic and fermented condiments to liven up every meal. She is also interested in cheese making, and began that pursuit after moving to an area where good goat cheeses are impossible to find. Not one to accept that fate, Maat began teaching herself about gourmet cheese making. You can catch up with Maat on her website FrugalChicken, as well as on her weekly chicken-centered podcast What The Cluck?!: Raising Chickens For Fun & Self-Sufficiency available on iTunes now.