My interest in living a hand-made life began in childhood. Always fascinated with homestead days and Native American Culture, I spent countless hours playing outside gathering clover blossoms pretending they were food or building "log cabins" from rocks and sticks. I learned to knit, to spin my own yarn and to make my own clothes, and to grow food, but assumed that many of the other things that fascinated me were skills of the past and no longer attainable.
At age nineteen I heard about and attended my first primitive skills gathering, and all of that changed. Having been exposed to people pursuing ancestral skills, I devoted myself to learning as much as I could about these skills, as well as farming and traditional homesteading, and have been involved in these pursuits for the past seventeen years. Meanwhile I have also worked as an environmental educator, a naturalist, a farmer, and traditional skills instructor in a variety of settings, and earned a Masters degree in Environmental Science.
My pursuit of a life spent living these skills eventually brought me to Oregon where I now live in a small, off the grid community of like minded folks, working to create an alternative to the modern American dream. I am very passionate about the life I live and about sharing these skills with others. In 2009 this passion inspired me to create a school. I am very excited to present From Farm and Forest and all we offer to help people feel empowered to create the lives they desire for themselves!
I began my studies of "real" living skills as a child building traps and snares based on the pictures from a beloved book on American Indian cultures. Since that time, my pursuit of a fulfilling and sustainable life has taken me on a journey from my hometown of Tucson, Arizona throughout the American West and Costa Rica and finally brought me to a beautiful and inspiring community here in Oregon.
For most of my life I have been studying the natural world and our place within it. For more than a decade this has meant learning about permaculture & organic gardening, natural building, ancestral living skills & crafts, edible & medicinal plants, hunting, fishing and tracking, wilderness survival & bushcraft, communal living and has also included the attainment of a third degree black belt in Aikido, and certifications in body work and as a fitness professional.
I have long dreamed of having the opportunity to share my love of nature and ancestral living skills with others, so I am truly grateful to be a part of From Farm and Forest!