I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I received my bachelors of science from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC (near Asheville) and majored in biology (minor = chemistry). I focused on plants and systems design.
Warren Wilson is a work college, meaning every student is required to work at least 15 hours a week on a specific work crew in addition to the academic requirements. For the majority of my time at Warren Wilson, I worked on the landscaping crew. In addition to performing normal landscaping duties, I also maintained a diverse and mature Permaculture foodscape in front of the “Eco-dorm”. During my last two years at Warren Wilson, I taught classes and workshops on Permaculture and Foodscaping, along with guiding countless tours of the Eco-dorm foodscape.
I have interned at Ashevillage Institute, an urban permaculture laboratory and community. I helped to manage the permaculture garden and educate folks in the garden. During this internship, I earned my Permaculture Design certificate. I have also worked on a mature, complex and integrated permaculture farm in Southern France, with a focus on fruit tree care and maintenance.
Parallel to my permaculture studies, I have read and attended conferences on Bio-dynamics. I traveled to Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation in South Dakota to build a bio-dynamic garden at a Lakota Waldorf school. My designs and thought patterns are a fusion of permaculture and bio-dynamic principles.
I have designed foodscapes for clients in the Asheville and Nashville areas. My passion is growing food of all kinds and doing it in a way that is attractive and healthy for the individual and the community. I have come back to my native Nashville eager to work towards food security and earth restoration. I am a community resilience enthusiast and believe in the power of a localized economy and an inspired, well-fed community.
I was born in New Jersey and moved to Tennessee in 2005. I went to Middle Tennessee State University and majored in History with a minor in Political Science. My parents have agrarian backgrounds in Guyana, and I’ve enjoyed gardening since childhood. In this age of environmental degradation and climatic crises, I recognize the utmost need to regenerate the Earth, improve soil, and increase biodiversity, and am glad to take part in that process with Nashville Foodscapes. I aspire to have a farm one day, where I can grow food and have dairy cows. I enjoy gardening, meditating, reading, tea, and fishkeeping.
I was born and raised in Clarksville, TN and have lived in the greater Nashville area for the last 8 years. I attended college at Austin Peay State University for Studio Art. After moving to the countryside of Hickman County, I developed my passion for horticulture while working on a biodynamic farm. There I was a part of the entire “farm-to-table” process. In my free time I enjoy running, loving on animals, cooking delicious foods, staying present and self-aware, and of course video games!
I’m a world traveler having lived most of my youth in Uganda, East Africa, before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to get my undergrad in Theater. After graduating I joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and served a year in Omaha, Nebraska, at a homeless prevention agency where I managed a food pantry. This ignited a stronger passion for food justice issues already combined with an interest in gardening and urban farming. I moved to Nashville in 2014 to stay in Nashville Greenlands, a community dedicated to social justice and urban homesteading. I then did a year of AmeriCorps VISTA with Hands on Nashville as the youth coordinator for their Urban Farm program. Now I work with Nashville Foodscapes to continue learning and practicing more about practical implications of permaculture. I hope to keep studying and experimenting with mycology, edibles and herbalism and working against food insecurity, especially for marginalized members of our community. When not in a garden or thinking about food justice, I’m probably brewing mead, engaging with current civil rights demonstrations, taking photos, or biking anywhere and everywhere.
Mike LaBo has been working with Nashville Foodscapes since February of 2017. He has been a vegetable gardener for ten years with five years of professional landscaping experience. Mike is a husband, father of three, permaculture enthusiast, homesteading nerd, songwriter, and nature lover. He feels most at home with his family, working outside and getting his hands dirty.
Mike believes that home gardens are an important contributor to healthy people and culture. Edible landscaping, gardening, and creative yard care not only provide food and relaxation but offer us opportunities for deeper connections, a strong sense of purpose and home, and improvements in well-being for ourselves and those with whom we share this place.
Troy began his composting and organic farming career at Rodale Institute, an organic research farm in Kutztown, PA. Serving as Rodale’s Compost Specialist Troy worked side-by-side with Dr. Elaine Ingham, considered one of the world’s leading experts on soils and compost. Here he performed experiments with soil microbiology, compost, and compost tea on large and small-scale agricultural production. From Rodale, Troy went on to start and co-manage an organic farm and CSA for Highland Realm in Hampshire, TN. Upon returning to Nashville he became the Soil and Compost Tea Specialist for Gardens of Babylon. Troy currently lives in Chapmansboro,TN. He is the owner of Living Roots Compost Tea which provides compost tea sprays (landscape, turf, garden) for businesses and residences, and consulting for growers and large-scale composters. Living Roots also provides small-batch compost with enhanced biology, large-scale tea brewing for farmers, and microscopy with Soil Food Web analysis for soil, compost, or compost tea.
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