Renea Winchester

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Genre(s) Cooking Gardening Southern

Renea Winchester is a descendent of the Ridley’s of Oconee South Carolina and the Winchester’s of Rabun County, Georgia. She is a two-time winner of the Wilma Dykeman Appalachian Writer’s Award. Her worked earned her two prestigious nominations: Georgia Author of the year and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance book of the year. In 2012, she was named the Atlanta Pen Women Author of the year.

She documents her latest adventures with Billy at

Renea is passionate about heritage food and cultivating heritage seeds. When she’s not writing or tending the garden, she shelves books at the public library.

Book Title: Farming, Friends, and Fried Bologna Sandwiches

Tucked behind a magnolia tree on a busy Georgia road is a magical place–a simple country farm, unchanged by time. On this little strip of land, chickens scratch greetings and goats bleat hello. Sweet yellow corn grows tall, and curly bean vines reach for the sky. A burly tractor and a fifty-year-old Chevy wait inside the shed, ready for action.

For some folks, farms trigger childhood memories, such as Sunday supper at their grandparent’s table, or recollections of past generations smiling from picture frames gathering dust on the mantle.

For 82-year-old Billy Albertson, his farm reflects a time before folks were hurried, or technology ruled our lives. Families grew gardens and feasted on fresh vegetables, adults spent time on front porches comparing stories, and children scampered barefoot through the grass waiting their turn at the hand-cranked ice cream freezer.

Spending time with friends on the farm is Billy’s life. Here you don’t have to be a gardener or blood kin to be family. Inside the pages of Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches is a story about Billy and his magical farm.