Back in 1999, I was a co-founder of the original chapter of Food Not Lawns, a community of avant-gardeners dedicated to sharing surplus food, seeds and resources towards a more sustainable future. In 2006 I published a book on the topic and since then the movement has grown into an burgeoning international community.
In 2001 I received my Permaculture Design Certificate from Jude Hobbs and Toby Hemenway of the Cascadia Permaculture Institute, and in 2003 I completed a Permaculture Teacher Training. In 2004 I earned a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts, with an emphasis on Permaculture Pedagogy, and later, my Master's degree incorporated this pedagogy toward understanding how to use permaculture in practice to help people overcome trauma and develop healthy interpersonal relationships.
For more than twenty years, I have devoted every growing season to organic farming, seed stewardship, and sustainable living, in action! I have designed and installed a dozen food forests in a variety of climates and locations, and growing food, saving seeds, and generating surplus to share continues to be one of my top priorities.