In addition to writing books, Jerome (Jd, Jerry) Belanger founded Countryside and Small Stock Journal (1969), sheep! magazine, the original (1979) Backyard Poultry, as well as Dairy Goat Guide and Rabbit World. He was an organic farmer for several years, and a homesteader for most of his life. Today his twin passions are gardening and cooking. Now retired in northern Wisconsin, he is known locally for his 30,000 spring bulbs and extensive collection of rare and unusual conifers.