I am a wife, mother, step-mom and grandma, trying to be a more conscientious consumer, passionate about local foods and sustainable agriculture. I’m a cook and a baker feeding my family the best way possible on a limited budget.
In May of 2012 we moved from a townhouse with a postage-stamp garden to a big house with a citrus orchard in the back and a huge blank slate in the front. Every extra dime and brain cell was devoted to making the forest garden of my dreams and somehow along the way I became a permaculture geek, too. That forest garden is now on its way to maturity but I’m always tinkering.
I ran Gainesville Cow Pool, an online community for the cooperative purchase of local, sustainable, and affordable meat for middle-to-low-income families, for many years. Gainesville Cow Pool is now looking for new leadership. Are you interested? Read the FAQ and then contact me.
My current project is Springstead Herb Farm, growing Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs on an organic forest farm, guided by the principles of permaculture. I’ve traveled all over the Southeast visiting other forest farms and herb farms, attended conferences and workshops, and gathering plant materials. I have 2 acres of jungle in SE Gainesville that is slowly being cleared for planting and a whole bunch of ideas.