Photo of Alison Gannett from Holy Terror Farm

Alison Gannett, at home on her 80-acre homestead in Paonia, Colorado. Photo: Dave Cox

Seven years ago, world champion skier Alison Gannett decided to take her career as an eco-activist and climate change consultant to the next level. At the time she’d already built a straw bale house in Crested Butte, Colorado, drove an electric SUV, and converted to solar. Then she started fretting about her personal food security. “When I thought about shit hitting the fan with climate change,” she says, “I realized I was hundreds of miles from where my food came from.”

So Gannett bought an 80-acre homestead in the fertile western slope valley of Paonia, Colorado. She and her husband dubbed it Holy Terror Farm, and began a quest for more self-sufficiency…

Alison Gannett never thought of herself as a farmer before buying a farm. When she weighed her options for treating her tumor in 2013, she declined harsh chemo and radiation in favor of fighting her disease with foods she could provide herself. Gannett’s ketogenic diet is an extremely low-carb, low-protein, high-fat, zero-sugar regimen known to help fight of spells of childhood epilepsy and theorized by some to starve cancer cells. Gannett’s daily regimen includes grass-fed fats (butter, tallow, lard), low-glycemic vegetables (chard, lettuces), and her own grass-fed proteins…

Image of Alison Gannett from Holy Terror Farm

“I just eat what and how my grandparents used to eat,” says Gannett. Photo: Dave Cox

Evelyn Spence

Mountain, September 30, 2016

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