Client & Project Success Manager
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. I received a bachelors of science from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC (near Asheville) and majored in biology (minor = chemistry) where 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 manage the permaculture garden and educate folks in the garden. During this internship, I earned a Permaculture Design certificate. I’ve 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’ve 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 came back to Nashville eager to work toward food security and earth restoration.
In 2010, I founded Nashville Foodscapes with the help of many friends and allies. I’m a community resilience enthusiast and believe in the power of a localized economy and an inspired, well-fed community.