Tracy Falbe earned a journalism degree in 2000 from California State University, Chico. While living in Chico, she became very interested in urban agriculture and food preservation. She taught herself home canning and became addicted to the quality of the food and the sense of self reliance. In 2007 she was invited to give a seminar on home canning at the Chico Grange. She then later appeared as a home canning expert on the podcast More Hip Than Hippie.
Additionally from 2007 to 2009 she competed in the Silver Dollar Fair, a regional exhibition in Chico, California. She earned third, second, and first place ribbons in various baking categories including pies, cookies, cakes, and bread.
Falbe was born and raised in Michigan and has returned to her home state. She currently lives in Battle Creek where she grows food in her yard and writes novels.