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.
Peter (Rock) Broderick – Installation Project Manager
I am a farmer who loves landscaping. I believe growing food at home is an essential responsibility for the future of our planet and have traveled to learn different methods of growing food in different environments. One of my goals is to make landscaping carbon negative and to show how easy it can be to grow food on a small scale with hand tools and minimal input. The two most important things to me for building a better future are conserving water and building soil. If you see me, feel free to ask about ways you can lessen your impact. I have 5 years of farming/landscaping experience and have completed a permaculture design course and 6 month homesteading internship at Spiral Ridge Permaculture in 2017.
I am the daughter of a florist and a teacher, born and raised in Rome, GA. I’ve been in Nashville since 2004. After studying Sociology at Belmont University, I moved to Boston for an internship engaging food security and interfaith community organizing. I moved back to complete a Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt. Since then, I have been working with communities on issues of women’s empowerment, LGBTQ rights, worker justice, anti-racism, and environmentalism. I’m currently studying (again) for a Masters in Conservation Biology, focusing on community-based environmental justice, local plant/pollinator conservation, and participatory education. I completed my Permaculture Design Certificate with Earth Activist Training in 2020. I’m passionate about finding new ways to embody our connections to land, each other, other species, and agriculture given the violent and exploitive histories of ongoing colonialism and systemic racism in the US and global South. I’m also passionate about reimagining our relationships between all of these connections in a time when global biodiversity loss is at an all time high.
RuthAnn Dillon – Maintenance Project Manager
I have been landscaping and farming for two years and especially love working with native perennials. I also adore growing cut flowers flowers, medicinal herbs and making delicious ferments with homegrown vegetables. I’m passionate about fostering equity, diversity and accessibility in farm and garden culture. I love my dog Bennie.
I am a multi-disciplinary designer with backgrounds in fine art, Landscape Architecture, and horticulture. I have a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University, and have worked in public gardens and arboretums throughout the country, including in California and New York’s Hudson Valley (where I was born and raised). My breadth of design experience includes commercial and residential landscape design, flora arrangements and installations, and garden education and planning with an emphasis on rewilding and working cocreatively with the land we inhabit. My design aesthetic honors the seasons, the energetic qualities of space, and the life force of the beings we are called to work with and with whom we share space, including the land themself.
I grew up in Guadalajara, Mexico, in a very dense urban environment. My tiny garden there was enough to connect me with the natural world, filled with a citrus tree, aloe vera, various herbs and the magical insects that inhabitant the garden. My favorite holidays were visits to rural areas and camping on the beach where I was able to fully connect my senses to the vast diversity of ecosystems, making the smell of guava trees, taste of pomegranates, sounds of waves, and infinite visual and tactile textures the joy of my memories.
Deciding what to study for college was a challenge since my interests ranged from Agronomy, Forestry, and Architecture. I decided to study Architecture at the Universidad de Guadalajara hoping to some day merge my love of the outdoors and venture into landscape design. Moving to the United States as I entered into adulthood offered the opportunity to understand the importance of diversity for a resilient ecosystem among human and nonhuman habitats. I was connected to the language of permaculture, agroforestry, and bio architecture while interning with Johan van Lengen, author of the Barefoot Architect, in his Center for Intuitive Technologies (TIBA) at the mata Atlantica in Brazil. There I was able to experience life using this ancient wisdom and see the challenges of living in the current system, where monetary currency is our primary trade and value system.
Living in the forests surrounding Nashville for the last 5 years, I feel passionate about reincorporating ceremony to the simplicity of life , from planting a garden, serving a meal, harvesting and processing food. Observing nature with all my senses and listening to peoples visions and needs are my guiding design principles.
I am 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. I work on the Maintenance crew and help out with the website.
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, so I have 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. I’m 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 am focusing on hardscaping and currently work on the Install crew.
Raised in Carthage, TN just an hour East if Nashville. I grew up on a small farm around cattle and worked setting tobacco and hauling hay through high school with various local farmers, but it wasn’t until 2014 that I found my way back to farming through a Permaculture Design course taught by Cliff Davis of Pig and Leaf. This has led to a 5+ year intensive hands on training experience in all things farming. I spent 3 years working at Caney Fork Farms. During the last year at CFF, I was the agroforestry manager working with chestnuts, apples, and an extensive edible landscape.
From this wide range of experiences, a love for perennial agriculture developed and that led to the creation of Unless Orchards, a business dedicated to expanding fruit growing culture in Middle TN by partnering growers with distribution channels and educating as many people as possible about the potential of perennial agriculture and TN producers. You can read more at unlessorchards.com
When not working, you’ll find me parenting 4 of the coolest kids you’ll ever meet. They range from 10 to 3 and love all things to do with being outside, plus they make the best wild foragers.
I fell in love with farming and the local food movement my senior year of college and have followed that passion ever since. After a few farm internships on the west coast, I came home to Nashville in 2016 to start my farm, Sounding Stone Farm. I consider farming to be my full-time job, but I am fortunate to work with Nashville Foodscapes during the winter months and once a week all year long as a part of the maintenance team. From seed saving to encouraging biodiversity, home gardeners play an absolutely essential role in bettering our environment. I consider myself lucky to work alongside the Foodscapes family who believes the same.