MORE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND
I believe strongly in the healing power of gardens. They provide healthy food, functional beauty, healing spaces, and connection, and allow for transformation of people of all ages and backgrounds.
That is why I have dedicated the past 20 years designing, creating, and managing a variety of gardens and garden programs, including school, community, production, and education gardens. While coordinating and managing these garden programs, I have strengthened a broad range of skills such as:
Garden and food systems design
Extensive knowledge of edible plants including fruits, nuts, vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, and native plants
Program planning and project management
Organizing and conducting workshops and trainings
Curriculum and outreach material development
Teaching and coaching
Coordinating volunteer and internship programs
Partnership-building, collaborative leadership, and organizing consultation meetings
Budget and funding management
Data collection and evaluation
I hold a bachelors degree in Biology and Ecology and a masters degree in Public Health, and have permaculture and master gardener certifications.
I am extremely organized, focused, detail oriented, enjoy working with people and have come to understand how important patience, good listening, encouragement, and flexibility are in building trust and openness and in guiding individuals and groups through the creative planning process.