As Culinary Gardener for The French Laundry, Aaron Keefer grows specialty vegetables for Chef Thomas Keller’s restaurants in the Bay Area. On a daily basis, Aaron strives to make improvements upon the quality of the produce, the soil, and the grounds, in order to supply the chefs with only the very best. www.frenchlaundry.com
Rosalind Creasy is a garden and food writer, photographer, and landscape designer with a passion for beautiful vegetables and fruits and a conviction that gardening should be an ecologically positive endeavor. Her first book, the award- winning The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping, helped popularize the term “Edible Landscaping,” now a part of the American vocabulary. It was followed in 1988 by Cooking From The Garden, which introduced the American public to heirloom tomatoes, mesclun salads, blue potatoes, and edible flowers. Rosalind has written 18 books on gardening and cooking: her newest is Edible Landscaping, published in 2010 and now in its 4th printing. Her recent projects are designing an edible landscape for the Adobe Corporation’s headquarters and as part of a landscaping team designing the 80 acres at the Seed Savers Exchange’s main campus in Iowa. www.rosalindcreasy.com
Barry Glick has been involved in the plant world since 1954, when at age 5 he witnessed Don Herbert (Mr. Wizard on TV) place a cutting of a plant in a glass of water only to sprout roots a few shows later. He was hooked for life. His plant collection at Sunshine Farm & Gardens in Greenbrier County, West Virgina, numbers more than 10,000 taxa, many unknown to cultivation.
Barry is the author of articles in Garden Design Magazine, Brooklyn Botanical Garden Journal, Castanea, The Journal of the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society, North American Rock Garden Society Chapter Newsletters, New, Rare, and Elusive Plants Journal in the UK, The Viola Society Newsletter, Native Plants Journal and many other gardening publications. He is a regular columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine.
Barry has developed propagation protocols and growing regimens for many native species previously thought to be difficult to grow. His lecture “Woodland Wonders From The Wilds” has been presented to master gardener groups, garden clubs, horticultural societies, garden centers and civic groups in almost every state in the US and throughout England. www.sunfarm.com
Joe Lamp’l is one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability. His passion for teaching is evident to a nationwide audience who watches Joe in his current role as Host and Executive Producer of the award-winning PBS series, Growing a Greener World® and previously as host of Fresh from the Garden on DIY Network and GardenSMART. In 2011, The American Horticultural Society selected Joe as the recipient of the Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award, which recognizes effective and inspirational communication — through print, radio, television, and online media — and in 2012, the Garden Writers Association named Joe as Best On-Air Talent for Television. www.growingagreenerworld.com
Emerging first as a “Decorator to Watch” on the pages of House & Garden in 1986, Charlotte Moss’s dynamic interior design business has grown to international acclaim as a model of Southern style, wit, hospitality and, of course, luxury. Charlotte’s designs include numerous private spaces, as well as collections of furniture, fabrics, trims, carpet, decorative accessories, and even jewelry. Beyond her design work, Charlotte is a prolific author. Her ninth and tenth books, on the topic of gardens, will debut next spring and early fall. In addition, she is a contributing editor at House Beautiful, and occasionally writes for The Wall Street Journal‘s Off Duty section. Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor‘s VISION AWARD and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers. In addition to her business enterprises, Charlotte is an active and passionate philanthropist, supporting many charities and industry organizations. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation, The Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree, and The Bone Marrow Foundation, which last year honored her with the Brandon Tartikoff award. In addition, Charlotte is on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at F.I.T.
Suzanne Pollak & Lee Manigault
Founded by Suzanne Pollak and Lee Manigault (aka the Deans), the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits already has a cult following in Charleston. Now, with the launch of the Academy’s eponymous book, the Deans dispense their secrets for those who cannot score a spot at one of their notoriously fun and educational classes. Chatelaine of the 18th Century Miles Brewton House, Lee is renowned for her tireless preservation work, her wit, and her opulent entertaining. Born in Beirut, raised in Africa, Suzanne is the author of Entertaining for Dummies and The Pat Conroy Cookbook. A former spokesman for Federated Department Stores, she brings cosmopolitan flair to Rainbow Row. www.charlestonacademy.com
Ira Wallace is a worker/owner of the cooperatively managed Southern Exposure Seed Exchange where she coordinates variety selection and seed grower contracts. Southern Exposure offers over 700 varieties of open-pollinated heirloom and organic seeds selected for flavor and regional adaptability. Southern Exposure helps people keep control of their food supply by supporting sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preserving heirloom varieties. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF). In addition, Ira is a member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia, growing seeds, alliums, hay, and conducting variety trials for Southern Exposure. She is also an organizer of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello.
She currently writes about heirloom vegetable varieties for magazines and blogs including Mother Earth News, Fine Gardening and Southern Exposure. She also conducts variety trials for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange as well as researching and documenting the history of varieties offered in the annual catalog. Her first book, The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast is available from booksellers everywhere. www.southernexposure.com
Oliver Asberger is the Fruit Gardener at Monticello, managing the orchards and both vineyards. He is working at Montalto to establish a new three-acre vineyard of Pinot Noir vines and also maintains the historic vineyard at Monticello. Oliver was born in Germany, where he obtained advanced degrees in wine-making and viticulture and came to the U.S. in 1997. Before coming to Monticello, Oliver worked primarily on East Coast properties, including New Jersey, Michigan, Virginia, New York, and Georgia. www.wv-care.com
Emily Axelbaum is the Garden Educator at City Schoolyard Garden at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville, VA. She holds a degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and after graduating went on to instruct for Outward Bound’s At-Risk Youth Program and for the Student Conservation Association as the RiverSmart Schools In-school Educator in Washington D.C. She has since completed a program in regenerative design at the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, AZ and an apprenticeship at the Ecovillage Training Center on The Farm in Summertown, TN. Outside of her time in Buford’s garden, Emily is on the teaching team for the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network and explores the woods with kids at The Living Earth School. www.cityschoolyardgarden.org
Ken Bezilla has farmed for 20 years in Oregon, Missouri, and Virginia. He’s the seed inventory manager for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (SESE), and when he escapes the office he helps grow seed crops and variety trials for SESE, plus (of course) huge fall and winter gardens. www.southernexposure.com
Pat Brodowski plants and maintains Monticello’s 2-acre kitchen garden of heirloom vegetables and herbs. She researches and plants varieties most likely grown by Thomas Jefferson, and produces seeds for The Shop at Monticello. She graduated Cornell University in Agriculture, was the educator and historian at a 19th century farm museum for eight years, and recently researched the history of Jefferson’s herbs and salad greens for her master’s degree. www.monticello.org
Lincoln Pierson Brower
Lincoln Pierson Brower is Distinguished Service Professor of Zoology, Emeritus at the University of Florida. Since 1997 he has been Research Professor of Biology at Sweet Briar College. He received his B.A. degree from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from Yale, and taught at Amherst College for 22 years before moving to the University of Florida.
Professor Brower’s research interests include the overwintering and migration biology of the monarch butterfly, insect chemical defense, ecological chemistry, insect mimicry, scientific film making, and the conservation of endangered biological phenomena.
Professor Brower has authored and coauthored more than 200 scientific papers, eight films, and two edited books, and is currently writing his magnum opus on the monarch butterfly. He is collaborating with governmental and nongovernmental groups, and other scientists and private individuals, to protect and restore the overwintering forests of the monarch butterfly in Mexico and is actively promoting the conservation of milkweeds throughout the USA.
Professor Brower and his wife, Sweet Briar Professor of Ecology Linda Fink, live with their two lovely German shepherds, two friendly cats, and are surrounded by abundant wildlife in Nelson County (all protected by conservation easement, ad infinitum).
Executive Chef Tyler Brown, recently named one of Esquire Magazine’s Four New Chefs to watch, leads one of Nashville’s highly-praised restaurants, the Capitol Grille. Chef Tyler Brown spends most days divided between the duties of an Executive Chef and those of a farmer. A typical day includes overseeing the day to day operation of the restaurant and then jumping on his John Deere to work on a piece of land at the farm.
Overseeing the Double H Farms garden, located just 5 miles from the front door of The Hermitage Hotel as well as the Double H Farms cattle ranch, Chef/Farmer Brown uses sustainable farming practices to ensure everything comes out of the ground just as nature intended. Next, Chef Brown strives to serve cultural sustainability by paying homage to the great Southern dishes and cooking practices of the past to ensure they are not forgotten.
During Brown’s tenure at the Capitol Grille, the dining establishment has not only earned the coveted Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond designations, but was also voted one of America’s best restaurants by Gourmet magazine, on The Food Network, and was recognized at the James Beard House.
Brown surfaced as one of Nashville’s most talented chefs, establishing relationships with the local community organizations and producers to become a forerunner in the Southeastern culinary community with progressive, southern cuisine. He is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, and is currently on the board of the Nashville Farmer’s Market. In 2010 and again in 2012 and 2013, Brown was among the semi-finalists for the James Beard Award “Best Chef, Southeast”.
Tom Burford is an orchard consultant, lecturer, and writer. He specializes in restoration and design at historic sites and private estates and consults with landscape architects, as well as commercial and backyard orchardists. Burford is the author of Apples: A Catalog of International Varieties (1991, 1998), Fruit Grafters Handbook (2001), co-author of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s The Best Apples to Buy and Grow (2005). His most recent book, Apples of North America, was released in September 2013. Burford conducts workshops and lectures nationally. His apple tasting at Monticello in October 2014 is the oldest formal apple tasting in America. www.albemarleciderworks.com
Anne and husband Dan have lived in Nelson County, Virginia, for 16 years. They bought a piece of land in 1999 and built their house in their spare time. They acquired and raised, over the years, layers, broilers, turkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, milk cows, horses and a daughter in the most wholesome and frugal way they could. Anne has been a member, Past Vice President and Secretary, of Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association since 2001, originally as a consumer, but gradually turned farmer. She has been a professional Natural Hoofcare Practitioner since 2000 and considers herself a lifelong learner in all aspects of horse and livestock care, and life in general! This is Anne’s 2nd visit to the HHF as a presenter, last year offering a cheesemaking class. www.hoofhelp.net
Erin Clark is the Horticulturist at the National Museum of American History. She has gardened in the Midwest, the Rockies, and for the past ten years in the mid-Atlantic. Her passion lies with Smithsonian Gardens’ Heirloom Garden, which is designed using a palette of herbs, perennials, and annuals that have been used in American Gardens in various eras from colonial times to 1950. www.gardens.si.edu
Cathy Clary consults on garden design and landscape management, writes for Virginia Gardener Magazine and teaches home landscape courses at the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. www.hollowgarden.com
Tanya Denckla Cobb
Tanya Denckla Cobb is Associate Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation at the University of Virginia (UVa). She is an environmental mediator, writer, and teacher at UVa. She facilitated the birth of the Virginia Food System Council, worked with partners to convene the two Virginia Food Security Summits, teaches food system planning at UVa, and initiated the Virginia Food Heritage Project. She has authored The Gardener’s A-Z Guide to Growing Organic Food and Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement is Changing The Way We Eat, which was named by Booklist as “one of the top 10 books on the environment for 2012.” www.tanyadencklacobb.com
Cindy Conner researches how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space at her home near Ashland, Virginia, and has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. She uses solar dryers to keep fossil fuel to a minimum getting food from the garden to the table. Her book Grow a Sustainable Diet: Planning and Growing to Feed Ourselves and the Earth is new in 2014. www.HomeplaceEarth.com
Peggy Cornett, Curator of Plants, has worked at Monticello since 1983. She graduated from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (English and botany) and the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. Peggy is a writer, published author, and frequent lecturer specializing in the history of gardens and plants. She edits Magnolia, the publication of the Southern Garden History Society. www.monticello.org
Dr. Jeanine Davis, a Horticulture professor at North Carolina State University, conducts her research in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. For over 25 years, her program has been focused on helping farmers improve profitability by growing new crops, transitioning to organic agriculture, and adopting more sustainable practices. Medicinal herbs are among her specialties, and she shares her knowledge on the topic in her newly revised book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals. Her current efforts are focused on woodland botanicals, Chinese herbs, hops, truffles, broccoli, and organic heirloom tomatoes. www.ncherb.org
Pam Dawling is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine. Her book Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres (New Society Publishers, 2013) will be on sale at this event. An avid vegetable grower for almost 40 years, she has been farming as a member of Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, where she helps grow vegetables and berries for around 100 people on three and a half acres, and provides training for members in sustainable vegetable production. www.sustainablemarketfarming.com
Debbie has been the Flower Gardener at Monticello for the last 9 years, and has a passion for flowers. She has given numerous workshops in the Saturdays In the Garden program with topics including Seed Saving and Watercolor Painting In the Garden. Also a professional artist, she has been selling her Childrens NAME Pictures at the Charlottesville City Market for 20 years. www.nameinals.com
Kevin Fletcher owns Countryside Organics in Waynesboro, Virginia. The store specializes in providing Organic Farming and Garden supplies for Virginia and throughout the South. He previously managed a 1200 acre Certified Organic Farm in southern Albemarle County, Virginia. www.countrysideorganics.com
Devin grew up in the woods and fields of the Mount Rogers area of southwest Virginia. He has diverse interests and experience, including geology, natural systems study, botanical illustration, archaeology, and biological survey. Devin is the founder and director of Center for Urban Habitats, an organization specializing in urban ecosystem installation, biodiversity education, and local native species adaptations and applications. Devin also co-founded Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC), an organization focused on natural history education in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He does occasional biological survey and inventory for the Albemarle County Natural Heritage Committee. Devin’s “dayjob” is an Archaeological Field Assistant at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The combined activities of these organizations has immersed Devin in local ecosystems. His passion resides in exploration and discovery, and sharing what he has learned with others.
Pat is the author of the popular paradigm-shifting book City Chicks: Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers. She is the co-author of: Chicken Tractor, Backyard Market Gardening, and Day Range Poultry. Pat has been widely published in major national magazines including Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, BackHome Magazine, and others. She is a very popular guest on local and national radio and TV talk shows, including NPR and CBS. She was the Co-host of the Chicken Whisperer Talk Show. She is a popular workshop presenter and the creator of the Chickens and YOU training series leading to the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification. www.ChickensAndYOU.com
Lily Fox-Bruguiere is the Garden and Outreach Coordinator for the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello. A University of Virginia graduate with an M.A. in Architectural and Landscape History, Lily has worked professionally as a gardener for over ten years, including seven years at Monticello. www.monticello.org
Lara Call Gastinger
Lara Call Gastinger is an artist and botanical illustrator from Charlottesville, Virginia. She is the chief illustrator for the recently published Flora of Virginia. This botanical reference manual contains 1300 original illustrations by Ms. Gastinger. She has her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in plant ecology from Virginia Tech. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the McGuffey Art Center, and the Virginia Native Plant Society. She has exhibited in New York City and at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden show in London. She was awarded with the highest honor of a gold medal at the RHS show. Most recently, her work was accepted into the prestigious Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. www.laracallgastinger.com
Alabama native Lauren Graves is an award-winning documentary photographer and the developer of the Perpetual Gardening Record Book. An avid gardener herself, Lauren has been photographing people and their gardens for more than 20 years, capturing the love they feel for the earth. It was this love of the earth she felt from other gardeners, combined with her own love of gardening, that inspired Lauren to develop a simple, efficient and beautiful method to keep track of all of the important details of the garden. www.cabintiger.com
Christine Muehlman Gyovai
Christine Gyovai is the Principal of Dialogue and Design Associates, a facilitator, and an avid plant lover. Christine holds certificates in mediation and permaculture design, and has over 15 years of experience in facilitation and training with a focus on increasing community and environmental sustainability. She teaches permaculture in central Virginia with the Blue Ridge Permaculture Network. Christine lives in a straw bale home she designed and built with her husband and two small children on their farm, Fiddlehead Farm, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with chickens, pigs, bees, and a newly-planted Edible Forest Garden. www.dialogueanddesign.com
Peter J. Hatch
Peter Hatch, Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, is an independent scholar living in Albemarle County, Virginia, where he gardens, lectures, consults, and writes about garden history. Hatch was responsible for the maintenance, interpretation, and restoration of the 2,400-acre landscape at Monticello from 1977 to 2012. The author of four books on the gardens of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, he has lectured in 37 states on Jefferson and the history of garden plants. He travels extensively to promote his latest work, ‘A Rich Spot of Earth’: Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden at Monticello, an award-winning book on Jefferson’s vegetable garden. www.peterjhatch.com
Guinevere Higgins owns Blue Ridge Backyard Harvest, a small-scale home gardening business that specializes in edible, native, and low-maintenance landscapes. A lifelong gardener, she has been involved in kids gardening projects since college, and has taught ecology and food studies to middle and high school students, managed a kids gardening summer camp, run a small organic farm, and helped to found City Schoolyard Garden in Charlottesville, Virginia. With a baby of her own, she is as invested as ever in ensuring that kids have access to the myriad benefits of growing food and gardening. Guinevere holds a degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College and a permaculture design certificate from the Blue Ridge Permaculture Institute. www.blueridgebackyard.com
Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, writer, award winning historical performer, and the voice of his alter-ego Thomas Jefferson on the weekly NPR program “The Thomas Jefferson Hour.” He holds degrees in the humanities from the University of Minnesota and Oxford University, has published numerous books, writes a weekly column for the Bismarck Tribune, and travels extensively, performing historical characters including Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Clay is the Director of the Dakota Institute of the Fort Mandan Foundation and principal consultant of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. He lives in Bismarck, North Dakota. www.jeffersonhour.com
Kathy Jentz is editor and publisher of Washington Gardener Magazine. A life-long gardener, Kathy believes that growing plants should be stress-free and enjoyable. Her philosophy is inspiration over perspiration. Kathy’s work is featured in numerous area publications including the Washington Examiner newspaper, Pathways magazine, and Washington Women magazine. In addition, she appears on regular gardening guest spots on Channel 9, Channel 4, and WAMU radio. www.washingtongardener.com
Emilie Johnson is an Assistant Curator at Monticello. She specializes in late 18th and early 19th century American cultural landscapes, architecture, and material culture, with a particular focus on plantations. Emilie received her PhD in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia. Her current work focuses on people’s relationships to spaces – where people slept, how they moved around buildings and landscapes – with particular emphasis on Jefferson’s family and the enslaved community at Monticello.
Mark Jones grows Sharondale Farm: Mushrooms and Useful Plants, a small farm in Cismont, Virginia. He grows useful plants, mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and is creating a farmacopeia of mushroom and plant products. Mark collects and propagates native gourmet and medicinal mushroom strains for gardening. He is working with Monticello’s Center for Historic Plants to create an interpretive mushroom display garden at Tufton Farm. He enjoys woods bathing, eating food grown by friends, and meandering conversations about mushrooms, permaculture, and politics. Mark teaches mushroom cultivation through workshops and farm conferences to encourage and empower people to grow their own and eat more mushrooms! www.sharondalefarm.com
Ben Kessler is an artist, four-season gardener, teacher, storyteller, birder, and naturalist. He currently designs and installs edible landscapes as a worker-owner with C’ville Foodscapes. The Charlottesville-based cooperative works with folks of all backgrounds and experience to transform underutilized lawns into beautiful, abundant, edible oases throughout the city. www.cvillefoodscapes.com
Wendy Kiang-Spray is a speaker and freelance writer whose articles about gardening and food have appeared in local and national publications. She loves to write about growing and cooking the vegetables of other countries. By day, she is a high school counselor and in her free time, she volunteers as a DC Master Gardener and blogs about family and garden. She is also working on her first book about growing and cooking Chinese vegetables. www.greenishthumb.net
Paul H. Legrand
Paul Legrand has been a beekeeper for more than 20 years. When he and his wife moved to Charlottesville four years ago he became a volunteer at Monticello and later proposed to start, maintain, and fund an apiary to help pollinate the vegetables, flowers, trees, and shrubs on the property. In 2012, he started a second apiary at Monticello’s Center for Historic Plants at Tufton Farm. He is in charge of both beehives on Monticello’s properties. www.monticello.org
Craig LeHoullier resides with his wife Susan in Raleigh, North Carolina. Beginning his professional life as a chemist (PhD, Dartmouth, Pharma industry), his parallel fascination and obsession with tomatoes has finally taken over, and his first book, Epic Tomatoes (Storey Publishing) will be available as of December 2014. Craig’s love of heirlooms grew from joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986, and his collection of thousands of tomato varieties increases annually. His most recent project is a unique, all volunteer, worldwide undertaking that creates new Dwarf stature tomatoes, and over a dozen new varieties are now available in various seed catalogs, with more on the way. www.nctomatoman.com
Michael Levatino and his wife, Audrey, have operated Ted’s Last Stand Farm & Gardens outside Gordonsville, Virginia, for over ten years. Their 23 acres is fully diversified with flowers, vegetables, donkeys, llamas, chickens, bee hives, a farm pond, high tunnels, and mushroom cultivation. Their farm business specializes in specialty cut flowers, jewelry and specialty vegetables for sale seasonally at the Charlottesville City Market, to local restaurants and local weddings. Their book, The Joy of Hobby Farming, was published in 2011 and has been featured on NPR, the Daily-Progress and Richmond Times-Dispatch. www.tedslaststand.com
Robert Llewellyn has been making photographs for 45 years. More than 35 books featuring his photography are in print. His most recent book, Seeing Flowers, is the second of the series beginning with Seeing Trees. He is currently working on the third in the series, Seeing Seedpods. www.Robertllewellyn.com
Kathleen Maier, AHG. PA has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions (SPT) in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. SPT’s free clinic was one of the first on the east coast and is still growing strong. She also sits on the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas. www.sacredplanttraditions.com
Paula Marcoux is a food historian who lives in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The author of Cooking with Fire, she has worked professionally as an archaeologist, cook, and bread-oven builder. She is the food editor of edible South Shore and South Coast magazine, writes on food history topics for popular and academic audiences, and consults with museums, film producers, and publishers. She also gives regular workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking. www.themagnificentleaven.com
Years ago Michael spent about 10 years in Adelphi, Maryland, growing everything that was edible. He lived in a yurt and attended the University of Maryland and worked part time at a natural foods store. Since then he has helped popularize some amazing edibles with his nursery Edible Landscaping in the Blue Ridge Mountains west of Charlottesville, Virginia. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge about some very unique edible plants. With the growing popularity of locally grown, the choices for growers and gardeners to add to their harvest and bottom line has increased. Edible Landscaping varieties invite you to a wide range of new and useful foods for the American table. www.ediblelandscaping.com
Gail Hobbs Page
Gail Hobbs Page was given her first pair of goats when she was a child growing up on a North Carolina farm. “I loved their milk, and I loved the idea that I could make many things from their milk.” Today, Gail and her husband own Caromont Farm in Esmont, Virginia, tucked away in the rolling hills of the Piedmont, where Gail produces farmstead, artisan cheeses from her herd of Alpine, La Mancha, and Saanen goats. Caromont Farm also produces cow’s milk cheeses from nearby grass fed Silky Cow Farm. She speaks passionately about the potential for Virginia terroir — a wine making term meaning the expression of place through flavor. While cheese making has been an important method of cold storage since Virginia’s colonial period, the making of artisan cheeses is relatively new to Virginia, with Gail leading the way. www.caromontfarm.com
Krista & Rob Rahm
Krista and Rob Rahm, purchased a farm in Louisa, Virginia, in 1992 with the desire to raise their children with a close connection to nature while respecting seasonal living and knowing the value and health benefits of producing their own food.The Rahm family began the journey to make their farm sustainable by growing fruits and vegetables, raising animals for their meat,and growing and cultivating herbs for healing. After many years of learning to live off of the land, studying with herbalists, and making farming their full-time occupation, the Rahm’s began a new mission to educate people about Whole Living and supply products and classes to support this purpose. At Forrest Green Farm, they offer educational classes, over 400 varieties of herbs, vegetables, and flowering plants, pasture raised chickens, beef, eggs, herbal teas, dips, seasonings, personal care products, naturally grown hay, registered Miniature Hereford cows, and in the winter they utilize their greenhouses for a winter CSA of specialty greens and salad mixes. www.forrestgreenfarm.com
In 1984 Gabriele Rausse first grafted Jefferson’s 1807 wine varietals for Monticello. Eleven years later he joined the staff as Assistant Director of Gardens and Grounds. Gabriele, a native of Vicenza, Italy, graduated in Agricultural Science from Milan University. He first worked for the Tenuta Santa Margherita winery outside Venice and later was invited to Virginia to begin what is now Barboursville Vineyards. Gabriele, “the father of Virginia wine,” has helped to start over 40 vineyards and ten Virginia wineries, and was nominated the Virginia wine industry’s Man of the Year in 1996. At a recent talk by noted wine critic and author, John Hailman, Gabriele was called “the nicest guy in the Virginia wine industry.” Add to that, “the most knowledgeable.” www.monticello.org
Anne Raver has been writing about gardens and landscape design for about 30 years, first for Newsday, a daily paper on Long Island, and then The New York Times. She is the author of Deep in the Green: An Exploration of Country Pleasures.
Geechee by birth. Founder Anson Mills, 1998. Researcher, seedsperson, farmer, miller of
sustainable landrace cereals, oil seeds and legumes direct to chefs worldwide.
Operations centered in Charleston, South Carolina. Mission: Repatriate the
historic ingredients and culture of the Carolina Rice Kitchen. www.ansonmills.com
Julie Roller holds a degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Vermont and certificates in Landscape Horticulture and Landscape Design. She researched uses for native plants in southeast Alaska for the Cooperative Extension Service before moving back to her home state of Virginia. She is currently the gardener for the visitor center and surrounding grounds at Monticello.
In 2001, Charlotte Shelton with her family founded Vintage Virginia Apples LLC to develop and exploit the collection of distinctive and mostly heirloom apples they had collected on their farm at North Garden, Virginia. They established a nursery that propagates rare and hard to find fruit trees, offer workshops on related horticultural topics, and in 2009 embarked on their most ambitious project, Albemarle CiderWorks. Under their farm winery license, they produce a variety of distinctive ciders, using their own and other locally produced apples. The second cidery in Virginia, Albemarle CiderWorks works to improve its own ciders and support the emergence of cider in Virginia. www.albemarleciderworks.com
Holly H. Shimizu
Holly Shimizu, former Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, is a horticulturalist with a specialty in plants of flavor and fragrance. Since her days as Curator of the National Herb Garden she has been growing, using, writing, and teaching about these plants. She makes many interesting herbal products and creative concoctions in her kitchen.
Dr. Leni Sorensen
Dr. Leni Sorensen teaches culinary history and cookery. She worked for over thirty years as a university lecturer, museum consultant, hands-on presenter and researcher with a focus on African American slavery, American agriculture, and women’s work in colonial and post-colonial America. Retired from Monticello, she now teaches rural life skills from her home in western Albemarle County. www.indigohouse.us
Susan R. Stein
Susan R. Stein is the Richard Gilder Senior Curator and Vice President of Museum Programs at Monticello. Stein oversees the Curatorial and Restoration departments and has been involved in the presentation and interpretation of Monticello since 1986, including the Landscape of Slavery project and the Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello exhibition. She was the project director of the interpretive elements of the new Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center at Monticello—four exhibitions and the film, Thomas Jefferson’s World. Stein’s accomplishments include the landmark 1993 catalogue and exhibition The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, which returned more than 150 art works to Monticello.
Stein was trained as an art historian at the University of Chicago where she also did graduate work in American history. She speaks often to museum audiences on various aspects of Jefferson and Monticello. Her research interests involve material culture at Monticello, especially the decorative arts and art acquired by Jefferson in France. She is currently planning several exhibitions, the refurnishing of Monticello’s upper floors, the reinstatement of Jefferson’s mountaintop road scheme, and the re-creation of two lost structures on Mulberry Row.
Dawn Story is an aspiring homesteader, earth steward, permaculture enthusiast, plant lover and fermentation fanatic. She is the creatrix of Farmstead Ferments artisanal fermented foods and brews and New Moon Naturals herbal teas and elixirs. She delights in sharing with community her passions of making and preserving food and medicine using traditional methods, weaving together the wisdom of the “old ways” with the vision of a new, resilient future. www.farmsteadferments.com
Jerry Therrien has an extensive background in ecology and specializes in native plants and birds. He conducted flora and fauna studies, bird surveys, led interpretive nature walks, and interned with ornithologist David Sibley before moving to Charlottesville in 2011 to work at Monticello as garden guide, Parkway ranger, and nursery associate at the Center for Historic Plants. www.monticello.org
Harvey Ussery and his wife Ellen produce their own eggs and poultry, and most of their fruits and vegetables, on three good acres in northern Virginia. Harvey breeds his own chickens – a flock of Icelandics, his choice as the most self-sufficient homestead breed – and explores new ways to feed them from home resources, with less reliance on purchased feeds. Harvey has written extensively for Mother Earth News, Backyard Poultry, and Countryside & Small Stock Journal. His book, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock (Chelsea Green, 2011), sets a new standard for holistic poultry husbandry. www.themodernhomestead.us
Born a Virginian, Anne’s mother grew up in Keswick and her father attended the University. Her parents returned to Keswick to retire in the early ‘70s. Anne and her husband, Tony, moved to Albemarle from Chicago in 1993. Annie was on the board of Second Street Gallery for 6 years and President for four years, overseeing its move from McGuffey to the current 2nd Street location. Annie is an artist and contemporary flower designer as well as a collector of folk art and photography. Over the years, she has consulted with the University Art Museum as well as actively participating in the Charlottesville art scene. She has been a member of the UVaM Art Museum Advisory. The Vanderwarkers have also opened their home to several tours for the University and Historic Garden Week. Anne is also on the board of the Emily Couric Scholarship Foundation that honors young high school senior girls and provides up to $70,000 a year in scholarship money. Anne serves on the Flowers Show Committee for the Garden Club of Virginia and is also a Judge for GCV, as well as the chair for the GCV Flower Arranging School. She is an active member of both Dolley Madison Garden Club and the Keswick Garden Club. In 2009, Anne started FearlessFlowers.com, a web site to teach people to arrange flowers, fast and fun. She has also won a Webby Award for her iPhone app for Fearless Flowers. www.fearlessflowers.com
Heather Wetzel, MEd, RH, has been serving the Charlottesville community as a certified clinical herbalist since 2008. A well-seasoned herbal educator, she teaches classes at a variety of regional venues including The University of Virginia, Sacred Plant Traditions, The Elderberry Community Herbs, and Piedmont Virginia Community College. She also manages the herbal apothecary at The Elderberry Community Herbs where she hand crafts herbal products and consults with clients. She practices Western energetic herbalism. More information about Heather and the services she offers through her practice can be found at: www.HeathersHerbals.com
Rodger Winn is a certified organic grower who produces heirloom varieties of seed for various seed companies and for preservation. He also runs a seasonal greenhouse business selling vegetable, herb, and flower plants in central South Carolina. When not at his day job, Rodger actively promotes sustainable agriculture by giving seminars and tours to garden clubs about the need to conserve and preserve our resources and environment. In 2011, he received the “Conservationist of the Year” award for Newberry County, South Carolina. He is a past recipient of the Southern Seed Legacy “Seed Saver of the Year” award. www.rodgersheirlooms.com
Adrienne Young-Ramsey is a Virginia based, Historically-inspired Farm Mama, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Field-to-Table Nutritionist, Agrarian Traditionalist, Homesteading Enthusiast, Herbal Devotee, Dance Instructor and Founder of Backyard Revolution, a skills-based educational program designed to (re)introduce the practical abilities and wisdom of our Ancestors to young and old alike, nurturing community while inspiring curiosity about the Old Ways. “Sacred Ruralism is my passion. Be it farming, foraging, raising a family, building Medicine Meals, or bartering with like-minded citizens of this world, we are answering the quiet call of the wild places. How blessed we are to follow a lesser known path.” www.backyardrevolution.com
Alexis Zeigler was raised on a self-sufficient farm in the deep south, where he first learned to care for fruit trees. He is a writer, environmental activist, and an avid orchardist. He has planted and helps maintain several organic orchards in central Virginia. He recently published Integrated Activism, and is working to build an economically self-sufficient farm and community that operates without fossil fuel. www.livingenergyfarm.org