Learn about how our family has reprioritized, made healthy-living a priority to return to our roots by moving out of the Silicon Valley and into the mountain country-life.


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The Cream Always Rises to the Top

A tribute to a true angel on earth — Maggie, a friend, mentor, and milkmaid I’ve struggled to write these words these last two weeks, because a part of me cannot believe Maggie is no longer here. Two weeks ago, this world lost a guiding light, a source of wisdom, and a mentor who touched […]

November 18, 2023

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Joel Salatin and the Homestead Tsunami

Join Joel Salatin and Sophia Nguyen Eng on the Call To Farms Podcast at Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA I first heard Joel Salatin speak at Google Headquarters in 2011, when he gave a presentation on “Folks, This Ain’t Normal”. His systems-efficient thinking, common-sense frugality, and love for land and animals spoke to my soul, […]

September 28, 2023

Sophia Eng Joel Salatin Polyface Farm Homestead Tsunami

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Honoring the ʻĀina with Sugar Hill Farmstead

In June 2023, Tim and I had work projects on the Hawaiian Islands and had just one day of fun to explore Hawaii. So we booked a flight to the Big Island, and visited our friends Bodhi and Brittany Anderson at Sugar Hill Farmstead, who are fellow regenerative farming warriors who honor the ʻāina through […]

August 18, 2023

Sophia Eng and Brittany Anderson

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Pre-Order The Nourishing Asian Kitchen!

Pre-order The Nourishing Asian Kitchen Cookbook on Amazon today! Announcing our soft pre-order launch of my forthcoming cookbook, “The Nourishing Asian Kitchen” available now on Amazon! https://a.co/d/6NX4Mfs My grandfather always said, “Eat to live, do not live to eat!” Little did I know his advice to me as a little girl would stay with me and change the […]

May 27, 2023

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Leaving the Valley for the Mountains

Our Transformation from the High-Tech Conveniences to Low-Tech Asian Farming The City Daze I was born in the heart of Silicon Valley, where innovation and technology thrive, and for the next four decades, found myself caught in the whirlwind of a high-tech career. The fast-paced lifestyle, the long work hours, and the constant pursuit of […]

May 17, 2023


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Finding and Building Community Through Food and Farming

Connecting with others who share your love for homesteading and good food can enrich your life and create a strong sense of community. When I speak at tech conferences, it’s relatively “easy.” The audience is primarily interested in data-driven insights and the latest technological advancements. My presentations are on my innovative Silicon Valley growth strategies […]

March 30, 2023

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God-Given Food at Polyface Farms August 11-13, 2023

I am thrilled to share with you the exciting news of God’s Good Table conference called God-Given Foods! I am honored to speak at the conference and to speak at Polyface Farms with one of my long-time regenerative agriculture mentors, Joel Salatin, as well as the amazing Maureen Diaz, a true pioneer in the nourishing […]

March 27, 2023

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Exploring Dubai’s Nourishing Foods: A Homesteader’s Journey

Hello, everyone. This is Sophie from Sprinkle with Soil and I’m excited to share my journey with you today.  In 1975, my parents were refugees from Vietnam who had to start from scratch in a new country. We didn’t have a lot of money, and my siblings and I learned the value of hard work […]

March 18, 2023

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Finding Community

Leaving the hustle and bustle of city life (in the San Francisco Bay Area), moving and living rurally in the mountains learning old-fashioned skills can sometimes be isolating. While we have kept ourselves busy with work, homesteading, and homeschooling, we have heard from a lot of working parents on how to find the balance to […]

February 13, 2023

Nourishing Traditions Asian Recipes

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