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.
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I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. For high school, I attended Nashville School of the Arts with a focus on dance and theatre. Then, like my brother, I attended Warren Wilson College and studied biology and environmental studies. My work crews included experiences in landscaping, gardening, beekeeping, bike mechanic and maintenance, and teaching environmental lessons to children. Beekeeping crew helped me to develop my passion for honeybees and bee keeping. My passion developed further into a love of all pollinators, and I have focused my work on integrating pollinator habitats into our landscapes. Besides my love for pollinators and gardening, I am a dancer/circus performer. I perform and teach aerial silks at two different gyms. As is appropriate, my email is email@example.com.
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Hey I'm Neal! I like digging, planting, harvesting, pushing wheelbarrows, and eating. After graduating from University School of Nashville in 2010, I started acting in spite of my stomach. Hunger led me to eastern Tennessee where I digested a lifetime in 2 years. Turns out preparatory school is preparation for further education...d'oh!
My ear guided me nearly home in the spring of 2012. Instead of Green Hills, I found myself adopted by Sulphur Creek Farm and the Bells Bend Community. A refreshing year in Bells Bend gave me the courage to step back into the city limits, and here I am working for Nashville Foodscapes! Dont have the slightest problem with dedicating my time to improving soil and promoting independence! I enjoy it a whole lot actually.
I hope to save up money this winter to buy more blacksmithing tools and get a shop together! Music is another ambition of mine.