The instructors for the 2019 gathering are listed below.
Founder of the WANDER (Wild Artemisia Nature Discovery, Empowerment, and Reconnection) School, Botanist, Herbalist, & Professional Forager, Abby Artemisia, lives on the edge of Pisgah National Forest in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. She learned about plants playing in the Midwestern woods of Ohio, working on organic farms, an herbal apprenticeship, a bachelor’s degree in Botany from Miami University, and running her own tea business. She teaches about plant identification, native plants, and working with plants for food and medicine throughout the country. Her mission is to offer nature and herbal education, creating healing through connection with the natural world and each other, to create local and global health and prosperity. She is the author of The Forager’s Wild Edible and Herbal Plant Cards and The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders.
Find out more at www.thewanderschool.com
Alexander Ojeda was raised in the counter culture of the late 60’s and early 70’s. He was raised with the idea that we need to be more connected with the Earth and conscious of its ecological health. It was expressed that the human world is a very delicately balanced system that is in danger of collapsing at any time. Growing up with these guiding principles, he was never comfortable with the way the world was set up. There was always an underlying itch of concern about the future of our way of life and that of the ecological balance of the planet. One way to combat that concern was to learn the pre-petroleum living skills of people from the iron age to early Tudor life and permaculture living techniques. Many years later Alex is now a permaculture instructor that teaches and designs self-sufficient homesteads under the name of the Starwalker Project. Ever learning the next way to live a modern lifestyle connected to living systems, Alex says repeatedly that the teacher should always be an information hungry student. He is forever grateful for the opportunity to be with like minded people on this same mission!
Angie has studied and used herbal medicines and natural remedies for more than 15 years with her family of five and in caring for and maintaining a dual-purpose beef/dairy herd of Jersey/Devon cattle, and a chemical/antibiotic-free healthy forage-fed goat herd. As antibiotic resistance becomes more and more widespread, knowledge of alternatives to antibiotics, especially in respect to wound care, are vital to our well-being.
Annie SewDev is an herbalist and EMT in central Florida. She offers donation based herbal wellness consultations, gathers and prepares herbal medicine, teaches at the Florida School of Holistic Living, and offers free herbal first aid in downtown Orlando. With great fondness for the place that she lives, she seeks to practice bioregional herbalism, utilizing local plants to improve the quality of life and reduce suffering. For more information about Annie, visit www.takerootherbarium.com.
April is passionate about learning and sharing skills for homesteading, community building, respectful parenting, and more. She has been practicing food preservation, particularly by fermentation, for several years and is eager to share her mistakes, successes, and cultures!
Barron has been making object his whole life. Started forging, casting and carving around 1970 and hasn’t stopped since. Earlier than that he started helping his granddad with simple timber frames and other homesteading skills.
Bill has over 25 years of martial art and body work experience understanding movement and tensions patterns that lead to physical pain.
Bill believes the nervous system holds the key to the body’s healing. It bridges the gap between what we currently know and the infinite number of possibilities for the body to heal in the realm of what we don’t know. This combination creates the shortest distance between a life riddled with pain to a high quality fully expressed physical life.
“You can’t think your way out of pain. Pain is not rational and doesn’t care what you think. You must feel your way out of pain through comfort. Through the weeks, months and years of injury and compensation patterns built up in your body limiting your movement and making you feel older than you are.” ~ Bill (The Knee Pain Guru)
His unique ability of identifying the blocks that keep people stuck in pain and skillfully removing them allows for lasting change and a new reality for his clients…
Here’s what just a few of his clients had to say...
"Bill's THE MAN. I've had him work on me and teach me for years now. He can do things I honestly didn't think were possible. He's patient, kind and funny and very, very good."
~ Patrick (44) Charlotte, NC
"Bill has a true gift for helping people in pain. I encourage everyone to allow him to share that gift with you so you, too, can get out of pain.”
~ Karen (57) Anchorage, AK
Cali Janae, “Cal,” has been studying plants for their entire life. As a child they were led on plant
walks by their father before they could walk on their own. Later, they formalized their passion
for the natural world and living sustainably in it with a degree in Ethnobotany from Drake
University. Cal then studied and apprenticed under 7Song at the Northeast School of Botanical
Medicine where they are currently employed. Cal practices as a botanist, herbalist and farmer in
Ithaca, New York and volunteers as a clinical herbalist at the Ithaca Free Clinic. Cal maintains a
strong wanderlust and rapt interest in the botanical arts and bird watching in their free time.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from UNF, and thrive on compassion, empathy, and all things healing. I have been studying holistic medicine, mindfulness, and conscious movement for over six years after coming to terms with living with a disabling chronic illness known as fibromyalgia. I am a self-taught bread baker, an amateur ornithologist, an aspiring psychologist, and a very good holder of emotional space. I am currently in the throes of completing a 200-hr yoga teacher training course, and on the path towards a Master’s in Psychology.
Catherine is a Florida native who loves hiking, camping, paddling, cycling and SCUBA diving around the sunshine state, the U.S. and internationally. She is a licensed Wilderness EMT, SOLO Wilderness First Aid and AHA CPR instructor, and has lead outdoor trips for adults and children. She has trained and is a practitioner in environmentally friendly home building projects. Catherine experiments with and teaches alternative living practices (in relation to work, the land, material use, and community) at her homestead and learning center, The FOLC Farm, in Gainesville, FL. www.thefolcfarm.com
CoreyPine is director of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and has spent over 20 years helping clients by artfully blending Chinese and Western herbal traditions with a focus on local plants. As a seasoned wildcrafter he has extensive knowledge of wild plants as well as medicine making. He has taught at many national conferences, written on herbal medicine, and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. CoreyPine believes that laughter is an essential part of any medicine chest, which is why he is a part of the “Wise Guy” school of healing. www.BlueRidgeSchool.org
Danu Macon hopes with a deep well of remembrance in his humbly beating heart to leave a healthy world behind for all children and grandchildren to come. Through a recently born organization, Whole Tree Permaculture, he works to plant food forests and seed human inspiration towards abundant food, medicine and gratitude for the living earth.
My name is David Ahlgren, I was born on the island of Guam in southeast Asia. I helped plant a food forest at the age of 8. I was sent to the United States as an orphan at 16. I returned to the islands for a business trip at 26 and was inspired by the abundance that nature had produced in that food forest over a span of 19 years. Today I am a Permaculture Consultant, Researcher, Educator, and Activist. I offer a very non-hierarchical nature-based approach to how I relate to students, colleagues and clients. I am an advocate for permaculture to transform society as a whole, not just how we grow food. I believe this is done by creating systems that are truly regenerative. With my background in regenerative business in the areas of technology, solar power and agriculture, I hope to develop and promote new systems within our culture. Today I teach and consult across the world and have 26,000 acres under my stewardship in design.
Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher and harmonica wizard. Whether he's singing about catfish, pontificating on possums, extolling the virtues of Spanish moss, pondering the “nature” in human nature, demonstrating basketry techniques, telling wild snake tales or wailing out a jivey harmonica tune, he is known for his lively presentations as well as his broad, practical, scientific and cultural knowledge of the area's many useful wild plants and interesting critters. He has authored five books, produced a number of award winning recordings of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV and the History Channel.
Elise Damilatis is a Holistic Clinical Herbalist, having completed the Advanced Clinical Program at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in the amazing Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Her previous herbal studies include an intensive 13 week Shamanic Herbal Apprenticeship with herbalist Susun Weed in the ancient Catskill Mountains of New York. Elise also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Philosophy through Binghamton University. She is a shamanic Usui Reiki Master/Teacher. Elise has also completed a 250 hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training program through Asheville Community Yoga and 'A Heart of Service' Shamanic training with Bloom Post.
Emily Hemeyer is an arts educator and eco-nerd from St Louis Missouri where she heads up the Wild Seed Field Museum through an entity known as SPORE Projects. Other endeavors include the Temporal Cities Blanket Fort Festival and meditative music project Ghosts I Have Been. Emily comes from a family of farmers, foragers, and crafters. She spotted her first morel playing in the creek at 6 yrs old. Over the past decade she’s spent countless hours learning about edible mushrooms and plants. On the long-term she’s working to establish a plant/fungus sanctuary on her family’s 200 acre farm in Northern MO.
Eric is a lover plants and aspiring greenman who dedicates much of his energy to deepening the relationship between people and plants. Inspired by the wise words of world renowned ethnobotanist Frank Cook, Eric is continually encouraging people to respect the plants as individuals and eat something wild everyday.
Fuz is an endangered species biologist, Earthskills teacher, musician and storyteller. He has over 25 years as a wilderness instructor, naturalist, and research biologist for organizations such as 4H, National Wildlife Federation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, US Forest Service, US Park Service, and the Green River Preserve. Fuz coordinated the Earthskills Rendezvous for 8 years, and has now founded the Piedmont Earthskills Gathering in central North Carolina. Go ahead, ask him about birds.
raised in NC
Feral child wrangler
Crafter @ GetRad
HARRI BUFFALO (Miss Lee Pinkerson & Mr Bill Snyder) is a musical duo that collects and writes songs about Florida Natural History, Native American Folk, and the Rendezvous Era (1825-1840) Our songs tell stories that help us understand our relationship to the earth.. We include circle dancing, and invite others to listen, and share their stories.
Hawk Hurst has a real passion for Native American-style flutes and drums. He has been playing and crafting them, as well as teaching others how to create their own, for three decades.
Hawk has long worked in the field of Environmental Education and continues to lead nature hikes, as well as teaching ancient living skills at outdoor centers and gatherings across the Southeast. Hawk and his wife, Ayal, currently own and operate Homestead Retreat - a beautiful organic farm and holistic healing center, West of Asheville, North Carolina. A wide variety of classes and gatherings are offered May through October of each year, with internships available through the WWOOF (World Wide Organization of Organic Farms) program.
RangerH (Hutch Heberer) has always viewed self reliance skills as a valuable toolset to have regardless of one’s job or life circumstances. With this perspective he has been gaining experience for the past decade practicing bushcraft, self reliance, and handy man skills with the goal of one day having a self reliant homestead and teaching these skills to others full time. RangerH currently lives in a tiny house that he is in the process of finishing out and teaches bushcraft and self reliance skills to kids, teens, and adults out of St. Augustine, FL.
James Clinkscales resides in the upstate of South Carolina where he hunts, forages and thrives on his homestead farm with his chickens and goats. Bee keeping, paddling whitewater and flatwater whenever possible are his passions. A lifelong primitive skills student and practitioner, avocational archaeologist and lover of life, James is always looking for a new adventure.
I am new York Native, but have called Gainesville home since 2008. My life currently revolves around my beautiful 5 year old daughter, Darva May. We live with our five beloved cats, one free-range rabbit, 1 miracle goldfish and 1 salt-water aquarium. I have a BS in Zoology and a MS in Environmental Studies. My experience includes zoo-keeping and animal husbandry, practical and applied biological research, ecological surveying, professional aquarium care, community driven permaculture projects, scientific writing and editing, teaching, extension and outreach, beekeeping and bee-related policy making as well as event planning, organization and a bit of food & beverage experience thrown in the mix! Life's been a blast and its moving fast!
Jeff , MS (in Biology), has been a Naturalist, Outdoor Educator and Primitive Skills Instructor for more than 30 years. He works with school groups, nature centers, museums, scout troops and summer camps, builds full-sized wigwams and longhouses and replicates primitive tools and artifacts for display. His areas of special interest include fiber arts, flintknapping, basketry, edible and utilitarian plants, and nature awareness. He travels widely in the Eastern U.S. teaching at rendezvous, gatherings and historic fairs. He has written a how-to manual on building wigwams, and an instructors' manual entitled Teaching Primitive Skills to Children. His new book on natural fibers and ropemaking is available directly from him. He welcomes correspondence and can be reached via email at email@example.com, or at 245 Red Dog Lane, Whittier, NC, 28789.
I have been actively experimenting with traditional fermentation of different foods and beverages for the past 7 years. I was on a quest to self heal, after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. It was then that I discovered, The Art of Fermentation, by Sandor Katz. He is my guru of all things fermented and through his teachings I was able to completely overhaul and restore my body to its optimal health, with zero medications.
I live in FL, where I enjoy time outside with my hands in the dirt, growing my own food, raising my chickens and wild foraging whenever I get the chance.
John Kraus has been a carpenter since 1974. He is a blacksmith instructor for the John C.Campbell folk school, and a tool making instructor for Country Workshops Woodworking School and is involved with this school’s timber frame projects as well.
Jon is a world traveling adventurer who has spent his life connecting with others playing music, studying personal growth and inspiring people to be their highest selves. He was director of Montreal's largest children's day camp for 5 years and was a team building coach for high performance athletes. His passion and enthusiasm has inspired bicycle caravan circuses and traveling peace theaters. Jon has trained teachers on how to build connections through play, He has a business degree from Concordia University, and has studied Coaching for Transformation and Non-Violent Communication. Jon is also the co-creator of Awakening Harmony, a musical connection retreat that promotes emotional empowerment. He practices yoga, permaculture, music, acrobatics and woodworking, and grows his compassion with daily practice.
Josh Fox is a plant-enthusiast with a great love for teaching. He is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine incorporating his knowledge of Chinese medicine with nine years of Western herbal studies. He is a licensed acupuncture and herbal clinician and regularly offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats integrating physical and spiritual healing. When he's not working with plants, you might find him dancing, stilt-walking, or singing songs.
Justin Marcano is currently a program director for Orlando Permaculture, a community based non-profit organization serving the Orlando area. Alongside it's other organizers, this group is pioneering the permaculture movement by providing free or low cost education through community gatherings and action days. Justin also commits the majority of his time to Orlando’s only active sustainable co-housing cooperative known as the Peanut Butter Palace. As a member of this intentional community, he acts as project developer and manager for elements and projects on site. These include community forest garden, aquaponics, rainwater and solar harvesting systems, composting, vermiculture, internal governance, and cooperative business development. Fantastic Ferments! is currently the first cooperative business being developed by this cooperative, a local provider of fermented green papaya and seasonal vegetables.
Kelli is a Certified Professional Midwife and Community Herbalist serving her community for 25 years. She provides herbal consultations to support healthy bodies teaching classes to support healing of the immune system. A Keeper of the Wise Womans Ways and a Ceremonial Leader of her native heritage. And singer/songwriter to share her heart-inspired music and storytelling.
Laura Anderton studied art at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the School of Visual Arts in New York and Warwick University in England. As well as running her own drawing studio in Madison, WI, she has taught "how to draw" classes at countless conventions, and for local schools and libraries. Her art has been displayed in numerous galleries, as well as being published in books and magazines. She is currently on a year long pilgrimage around the continent with her family, volunteering, teaching, and learning.
Lee Golos is a biologist and polymath who studies the interrelation between humans and their environments. His central interest is the universal myth of a past and future "golden age" of harmonious self-actualized abundant fruitful existence, and the social, ecological, technological, and physiological aspects of such a state. He travels around the US participating in alternative communities, and teaches about permaculture, ethnoecology, Daoist yoga, and finding abundance in unlikely places.
More than a Botanist, Luke Cannon is an avid naturalist and long time pursuer and teacher of our astounding natural world. His passion for exploring the ecological intricacies of our living planet have inspired his studies of plants, birds, insects, lichens, fungi and more. Luke offers regular classes and walks in Western North Carolina to share his knowledge of the local ecology and his enthusiasm for building closer relationships with the wilds around us . Find him at www.AstoundingEarth.com
Makeda Meeks is a Writer, Activist and Educator in Gainesville, Florida. She was educated at the University of Utah with a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an emphasis in Social Justice and Critical Race Theory. A native of Live Oak, Florida she grew up on her family's farm playing in the springs and rivers around Suwannee County.
She is Someone who respects life and is intuitively predisposed to defend lives of all species. A person who’s hardly satisfied, because she believes there’s so much to be done and she's constantly afraid of running out of time.
An individual who leads with her heart, she looks forward into the future with great optimism and love for people and the planet.
Mallory is a massage therapist in Asheville, NC, where she keeps and tends to her private massage practice. She enjoys all-things-creative. Food projects, fermentation, primitive crafts, medicine making and foraging are activities that she enjoys in her day to day. She is particularly passionate about working with materials from the earth, and finding ways to transform raw materials into delicious and useful products.
Mandy Phelan and Nora Love are our Youth Program Coordinators. Check out all the cool classes they have planned on the youth class schedule!
"Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied the people plant connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent over a decade working at a multitude of restaurants, various farms, and travels throughout 24 countries in North/Central America and Europe. Marc has taught hundreds of people about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface. His greatest hope is that this information may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation."
An endless search of meaninglessness within the context of meaning, and how to wrap it around, hang it down, and not throw the baby out with the bath water. What has worked for thousands upon thousands of years is my interest base. Slowly I'm acquiring the epic experiences of a life lived transciently. I like: making things. carving. food. fat. greens. being with people harvesting and processing food. making camp. leaving camp.
Maurice White is a “lukku kari” (indigenous island indian name for island people). Having lived on the remote island of Eleuthera for over 25yrs, he has learned the island earth skills lifestyle of hunting for fish underwater, growing food in rocky shallow terrain, mastering coconut skills, bush medicine skills and indigenous peoples skills. Maurice has a passion to unite the one world tribe and to assist the tribe in the healing of the environment and humanity.
Melissa is the Co-founder and SeedEO of Forage, a non-profit based in Gainesville, FL. Melissa is a self-taught gardener and seed addict, teaching gardening and seed saving to growers of all ages. Through her work with Forage, she also helps promote the advancement of our local food community through a variety of outreach programs and activities. Visit foragefarm.org to learn more about the organization and Melissa.
I have been passionate about animals and learning what they have to teach us my whole life. I have worked professionally as an animal trainer and teacher both extensively in the US and Europe. My business Whole Horse Equitation based in Alachua, FL has a primary focus on holistic minded work with horses and their people for the goals of health and healing.
I am inspired by the body and the ways in which it heals. I am passionate to listen on many levels of the hands, mind and heart. I have been working the last 7 years as an LMT and have been incredibly blessed with a world full of inspiration and some very special, dedicated teachers on my path. I believe that touch is both healing and an innate human gift we have to offer each other. I believe deeply that there is medicine in each moment and contact, be it bitter or sweet, if we are willing to find the lessons. I believe that we are in this together in many ways, and can learn ways and skills to become more present and available to one another to truly inspire safety and healing.
Nathan Roark started his dedicated journey towards living closely to the earth at the age of 12 in 1985. He
has learned from many teachers and mentors the skills and knowledge that encompass the
understanding of Wilderness Survival, Earth Skills, Nature Awareness, Outdoor Adventure and
Experiential Education. He has spent countless hours in a variety of environments, learning and applying
these lessons. His professional life has led him to teach at many schools and outdoor centers over the
years, and he is the founder and director of Buffalo Cove Outdoor Education Center (started in 2001). Since
1995, Nathan has lived simply on a self-built, off the grid homestead. He has raised two daughters to
appreciate the value of self-reliance, teamwork, adaptability, and to understand where their food, water
and shelter come from. Respectful, subsistence hunting is a way of life for Nathan and traditional /
instinctive archery is his first love – he has been chasing the way of the bow for over four decades.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kuya Guro (big brother teacher) Nathaniel Cajudo Jr. is a certified instructor in Pambuan Arnis, a Filipino martial art, which is based on impact, edged and flexible weapons as well as empty hand combat. With 18 years of training and experience in the same art, he specializes in reality-based self-defense, "dirty" boxing, short sword fighting, close range rape defense and evacuation. In contrast to competitive martial arts, his classes will be based on survival and street combat, edged and impact weapon disarming.
Nina's work is inspired by her ever-deepening explorations within the field of intimacy, and she is devoted to facilitating learning environments that foster interpersonal connections and deepen somatic awareness. As a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai Yoga Massage and as an ardent musician, dancer, and bodywork educator, her passion lies in exploring the interface between the expressive and healing arts, and in discovering the infinite ways we are able to connect with one another and our environment through movement, sound, and touch.
Patrick Walker, a self-taught blacksmith and throwing instructor out of Tallahassee Florida, teaches at gatherings and private ranges and lives outside 365 days a year, prefering to make a thing, rather than buy it.
Peter Sucsy, Eleta Sucsy, Pat Stevens, Tim Stevens and Laura Price, with Caller Andy Kane
"Please join us for the Old-Time/ Contra dance with the Possum Poachers and caller Andy Kane. Possumk Poachers include Pete Sucsy - guitar and banjo, Eleta Sucsy- penny whistle, Pat Stevens - Guitar and banjo, Tim Stevens on bass and Laura Price on fiddle. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Instructions will be given throughout the dance. Beginners lesson begins at 7:45pm. Dance starts at 8pm. Songs earlier in the set will be geared towards those learning the steps. Bring some water to drink!"
Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world. He embarks on extreme adventures and activism campaigns to bring attention to important global issues and inspire change. He is the creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, a campaign that strives to end food waste and hunger. He has cycled across the USA three times on a bamboo bicycle to bring attention to sustainability issues. In 2015-2016 he lived off the grid in a 50 square-foot tiny home in San Diego before auctioning it and raising funds to build 10 tiny houses for people with no homes. He then simplified his life down to just 111 possessions, all of which fit onto his back or his bike.
He currently lives in Orlando, Florida in a tiny house he built near zero waste, with 99% repurposed materials for under $1,500. His current project is to grow and forage 100% of the food he eats for an entire year (from 11/11/2018 to 11/11/2019). Rob travels the USA and the world speaking and hosting action days getting people involved and activated in making the world a happier, healthier place for all. He is the host of Free Ride on Discovery Channel, the author of Dude Making a Difference, and has spoken at over 130 events in 13 countries. Rob donates 100% of his media income to grassroots nonprofits and has committed to living simply and responsibly for life.
Sangoma Oludoye is a sacred activist and cultural arts educator. She is an elder of the Primitive Earthskills Leadership Council, Wild Intelligence Year of the Coyote program and a traditional Yoruba priestess and chief of Oyotunji African Village, in Sheldon, SC. She has facilitated women’s empowerment retreats and earth camps for youth from a diversity of communities for more than three decades.
Sara loves a good conversation about things that matter. Her current passions include conscious communication, peacemaking, leadership, 8 shields, ancestral healing, and dancing. Longtime resident of Athens, GA, she recently relocated to the mountains of North Carolina to do some soul searching and live the homesteading life.
In her spirit, Sara Hosburgh is an artist. In all practicality, she is a maker. She is forever seeking chances to help herself and others experience life through the tactile sense.
Sarah grew up in the primitive skills community and now pursues all things fiber. She is a knitter, spinner, sewist, felter, jewelry maker, and beadworker currently living and making in Charleston.
Tara Rawson has spent nearly 20 years studying all facets of yoga, meditation and herbalism throughout both India and the U.S. She has owned and operated health facilities and taught various holistic health modalities internationally for the last decade.Tara offers classes, trainings, thai bodywork, herbal consults and holistic land design through the Regenerative Living School based in Jacksonville, Florida. It is her sincere love and passion to share her experience and wisdom of holistic health and regenerative living with her community.
Turnstone is a product of the Back to the Land movement and the close ties to native communities he experienced from an early age. Knowing that our ancestors made their living from the land, Turnstone started making stone tools represented in the rich archaeological record of tidewater Virginia. Turnstone is passionate about making simulations of prehistoric cook pots, but still catches a knapp here and there.
Wendy Jackson, President of Perfect Pickler®?, is more than a fermentation visionary. She loves to learn and teach! From growing up in the trees to urban gardening her passion has always been for homesteading. Her hobby has been learning hobbies/skills for DIY-everything lifestyle...She has owned three restaurants in the past, taught extensively on Nutrition/Fermentation/Gut Health, and is involved with a global training center in Africa (Organics 4 Orphans) for teaching Sustainable Agriculture. She is happily married with 5 children and resides in central Florida.