1971. Born in Portland, Oregon to a young nomadic single mom. Grew up traveling up and down the west coast.
1987. Left home and moved into a houseful of musicians in Long Beach, California. Got involved in the local music scene, bands like Sublime, Janes Addiction, Nirvana, X, Fishbone.
1990-92. Attended Long Beach City College, worked as the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the school paper. Won awards for writing and photography.
1993. Moved to San Francisco and began working for Greenpeace USA.
1994. Transferred to the Portland Greenpeace office and got involved in local forest issues.
1996. Hitchhiked alone around Western Europe. Visited mythological sites in Greece, toured Renaissance Art in Italy, and squatted on the beach with sand sculptors in Spain.
1996. Quit Greenpeace and dove full-force into forest activism, working with Earth First!, Headwaters Forest Campaign, and the Cascadia Forest defenders.
1998. Moved to Eugene and took charge of the local chapter of Food Not Bombs. Spent the next several years as a Eugene Anarchist, organizing projects like Cascadia Free Radio, Eugene Free Skool, and Dirt Church Distribution.
1999. Founded the original chapter of Food not Lawns, focused on sharing seeds, plants and information with low-income gardeners in the WHiteaker Neighborhood in Eugene.
2001. Organized the Whiteaker Urban Sustainability Project, a permaculture certification course funded by a grant from the City of Eugene.
2002. Started the HOPE Farm, a permaculture education project on a 33-acre farm 10 miles outside of Eugene. Planted over 500 species of plants and grew them out to seed for free distribution.
2003. Traveled for two months to Peru and Ecuador, collecting rare Andean edible tubers for agricultural trials in Oregon.
2001-5. Studied Flamenco dancing and guitar with Martita Maderas and her family of Eugene Flamenco Arts Academy.
2005-7. Studied Flamenco with Laurena Marrone at Portland Flamenco Academy.
2006. Published Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, with Chelsea Green Publishing Company. Went on book tour with the Underscore Orchestra, Organizing seed swap events down the west coast.
2006. Graduated from Goddard college with a BA in Liberal Arts. Scholarly focus on Permaculture Education and Performing Arts,
2007-8. Year-long residency at Flamenco Romantico ranch in Santa Cruz.
2008. Wrote my novel, Naked Lady Soup.
2009-10. Traveled around Spain, settling in Granada to study Spanish and music. Started the Granada Permaculture Project.
2011-12. Returned to Portland and recorded two full-length albums of original music on voice and guitar, incorporating a range of talented accompanists from the Portland music scene.
2010-15. Traveled seasonally to Northern California to work as harvest manager for a mid-sized medicinal herb farm.
2012-14. Attended Goddard's MFA-IA program and began to pursue passions in Land Art, Creative Writing, and Movement-based Trauma Recovery. Graduated in September 2014 with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts. Thesis project focused on the Heroine's Journey, an eco-feminist approach to story craft that doubles as a method for personal healing.
2014. Completed 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Trelease and Renee Sills at North Portland Yoga.
2015. Edible Nation Tour with Food Not Lawns. Organized 15 events in 12 weeks, from community seed swaps and one-day workshops to full-scale lawn-to-garden conversions.
2016 New Mexico desert retreat to focus on writing "Sex, Anarchy and Agriculture: One Woman's Quest for a Sustainable Home," a memoir. (Look for it in 2018!)
2017 Moved to Andalucia, Spain, planted a permaculture food forest, started work on the Decolonize Yourself program and Heroine's Journey Feminist Writing workshops, as well as a variety of other projects involving writing, visual art, and Creative Mentorship.