Tom Burford is a lecturer, writer, and consultant with historic sites (including Monticello), private estates, landscape architects, and fruit growers. Burford is the author of Apples: A Catalog of International Varieties (1991, 1998), Fruit Grafters Handbook (2001), and co-author of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s The Best Apples to Buy and Grow (2005). His most recent book, Apples of North America, is the winner of the 2014 American Horticultural Society book award.
A nationally recognized authority on Southern cooking and its history, Damon Lee Fowler practiced architecture for more than a decade before turning full-time to food writing, teaching, and culinary history. He is the author of eight critically acclaimed cookbooks: Classical Southern Cooking: A Celebration of the Cuisine of the Old South, which was nominated for two Julia Child cookbook awards (including the Jane Grigson award for scholarship) and a James Beard Foundation award; Beans, Greens, and Sweet Georgia Peaches; Fried Chicken: The World’s Best Recipes; Damon Lee Fowler’s New Southern Kitchen; Damon Lee Fowler’s New Southern Baking; The Savannah Cookbook; The Savannah Chef’s Table; and Essentials of Southern Cooking. A newly revised and expanded edition of his book, Beans, Greens, & Sweet Georgia Peaches, was published in September of 2014.
He has written commentary and notes for facsimile reprints of three historical cookbooks, was recipe developer and editor for Dining at Monticello: In Good Taste and Abundance, and his work has appeared in many national publications. He has also completed two novels, yet to be published. Active both nationally and locally in culinary circles, he was a founder and past board president of the Southern Foodways Alliance. He lives in Savannah, Georgia, where, aside from his work as a writer, lecturer, cooking teacher, and culinary historian, he is the featured food writer for the Savannah Morning News and culinary director at Kitchenware Outfitters of Savannah, Inc. www.damonleefowler.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
Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books Wild Fermentation (2003) and The Art of Fermentation (2012), along with the hundreds of fermentation workshops he has taught around the world, have helped to catalyze a broad revival of the fermentation arts. A self-taught experimentalist who lives in rural Tennessee, The New York Times calls him “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene.” The Art of Fermentation received a James Beard award, and in 2014, Katz was honored with the Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Foodways Alliance. www.wildfermentation.com
As Culinary Gardener for The French Laundry, Aaron Keefer grows specialty vegetables for Chef Thomas Keller’s Bay Area restaurants. Aaron strives daily to improve 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
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) was published in December 2014. Craig’s love of heirlooms grew from joining the Seed Savers Exchange in 1986, and his collection of 5000 of tomato varieties increases annually. His most recent project is a unique, all volunteer, worldwide undertaking that creates new Dwarf stature tomatoes, and 36 new varieties are now available in various seed catalogs, with more on the way. www.nctomatoman.com and www.epictomatoes.com
An organic gardener for more than 30 years, Barbara Pleasant is a contributing editor to Mother Earth News, and is the author of numerous books including Starter Vegetable Gardens and The Complete Compost Gardening Guide. Barbara lives in Floyd, Virginia, where she grows vegetables, herbs, fruits, and flowers. www.barbarapleasant.com
Suzanne Pollak is the founder of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, centered on creating more meaningful connections to how and where we live. The Wall Street Journal and Town & Country magazine featured her restorations of 1780s houses. Pollak is the former spokesperson for Federated Department Stores and co-author of Entertaining for Dummies, The Pat Conroy Cookbook, and The Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits. Pollak is at work on Mothers and Sons: successful men and their strongest domestic influence. charlestonacademy.com
Gabriele Rausse, Monticello’s Director of Gardens and Grounds, first grafted Jefferson’s 1807 wine varietals for Monticello in 1984. 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 in 1976 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. www.monticello.org
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; and helps people control their food supply through sustainable home and market gardening, seed saving, and preservation of heirloom varieties. Ira serves on the boards of the Organic Seed Alliance and the Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF). She 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. www.southernexposure.com
Oliver Asberger is the former 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. He came to the US 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
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.
Cindy Brown is the Manager of Horticulture Collections Management and Education at Smithsonian Gardens. In addition to contributing to Horticulture and Washington Gardener magazines, she was a regular contributor to The Washington Post edible gardening blog – All We Can Eat. Currently, her most exciting project is the development of the Community of Gardens initiative, a website for sharing stories about gardens and green spaces and cultivating a deeper understanding, and appreciation of, the role gardens play in keeping communities healthy, happy, and connected.
CEO, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works. Nancy is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute. She spent most of her career in the food industry before reviving her family’s 200 year old salt business with her brother, Lewis Payne. They produce a beautiful, mineral rich finishing salt from a trapped ancient sea in Malden, West Virginia. www.jqdsalt.com
Lara Lyn Carter
Raised in Georgia, Lara Lyn Carter is no stranger to Southern hospitality. She has created and hosted two television shows, Savor the Good Life and Thyme for Sharing. An established authority on Southern entertaining, Lara Lyn has her own cookbook, Southern Thymes Shared, and line of sauces, Wicker & Whisk. www.laralyncarter.com
Melissa Caughey is a backyard chicken keeper, beekeeper, and gardener who writes the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest. Melissa lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with her family. She regularly writes for HGTV Gardens, Community Chickens, and Keeping Backyard Bees, and she contributes to Country Living magazine. Her blog was named one of Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s Top 10 Gardening Blogs and received Country Living magazine’s Blue Ribbon Blogger Award. Her first book, A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens, was released this spring. www.tillysnest.com
Nan K. Chase
Nan K. Chase is co-author of Drink the Harvest and author of Eat Your Yard! She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and makes juices, wines, ciders, and teas from the urban harvest. Nan’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Organize Gardening. www.drinktheharvest.com
Andrea Chesman’s newest book is The Backyard Homesteaders Guide to Kitchen Know-How. An avid gardener, many of her books, including Pickled Pantry, Recipes from the Root Cellar, New Vegetarian Grill, Serving Up the Harvest, and Roasted Vegetables focus on cooking fresh vegetables. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines. She gardens and preserves in Vermont. www.andreachesman.com
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
Tanya Denckla Cobb
Tanya Denckla Cobb 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, named “one of the top 10 books on the environment for 2012.” She is an environmental mediator at the University of Virginia and is active in Virginia’s food system. She enjoys writing and teaching. www.tanyadencklacobb.com
Cindy Conner researches sustainable vegetable production at her home near Ashland, Virginia. She has produced the videos Develop a Sustainable Vegetable Garden Plan and Cover Crops and Compost Crops IN Your Garden. She is the author of Grow a Sustainable Diet (2014) and Seed Libraries, new in 2015. www.HomeplaceEarth.com
Peggy Cornett is Curator of Plants at Monticello, where she has worked since 1983. She earned English and Botany degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s from the Longwood Graduate Program. She lectures on Monticello and garden history, is a published author and editor, and a frequent guest on PBS gardening programs.
Jeanine is a North Carolina State University horticulture professor who works and farms in western North Carolina. She helps farmers and gardeners transition into organic agriculture and new crops such as hops, truffles, herbs, and stevia. She is the lead author of Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Medicinals. www.ncherb.org
Pam has grown vegetables at Twin Oaks Community in central Virginia for over 20 years, feeding 100 people from 3.5 acres. Her book, Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres, is in the Monticello Gift Shop. Pam writes for Growing for Market magazine and is a regular workshop presenter. www.sustainablemarketfarming.com
Debbie has been the Flower Gardener at Monticello since 2004, 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 since 1991. www.nameinals.com
Kevin Fletcher owns Countryside Organics in Waynesboro, Virginia. The store specializes in providing Organic Farming and Garden supplies for Virginia and through out the South. He previously managed a 1200-acre Certified Organic Farm in Southern Albemarle. www.countrysideorganics.com
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 going on fifteen years, including eight years at Monticello. www.monticello.org/chp
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
After serving as a cook in the Marine Corps, Tim formally trained in pastry at The Culinary Institute of America. He then externed at Charlottesville’s famed Keswick Hall. His culinary career then took him to places as far-flung as a dude ranch in Wyoming and a castle in southern England, with stops in fine-dining restaurants along the way. He finally returned to Charlottesville to open Gearharts Fine Chocolates, where he and his team have been crafting distinctive artisan chocolates enjoyed by customers near and far. www.gearhartschocolates.com
Ian Glomski is the founder of Charlottesville’s Vitae Spirits Distillery, a former professor of Microbiology at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, and an avid urban hunter gatherer gardener. www.vitaespirits.com
Ken Greene is founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library, a project he germinated in a small town library that has now blossomed into a seed company and seed farm devoted to producing seed for home gardeners and farmers, fostering a regional seed-saving community, and celebrating seeds through art. Greene is on the board of directors for the Organic Seed Alliance and has given presentations for Northeast Organic Farming Association, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Culinary Institute of America, Seed Savers Exchange, National Heirloom Expo, Cornell and many garden clubs and other organizations. www.seedlibrary.org
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 two-year old forest garden. www.dialogueanddesign.com
Gail Hobbs Page
Gail Hobbs Page received her first pair of goats as 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
John Ivanko is an innkeeper of the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast. Together with his wife, Lisa, John is a national speaker, marketing consultant and co-author of the award-winning ECOpreneuring as well as Rural Renaissance. He is also the co-author and photographer for six award-winning multicultural children’s books for the Global Fund for Children. As a freelance writer and photographer, John contributes to Urban Farm, Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Hobby Farms, Natural Awakenings, and E Magazine, among many others. www.homemadeforsale.com
Mark is the owner of Sharondale Mushroom Farm in Cismont, Virginia. He grows gourmet and medicinal mushrooms, mushroom spawn, and teaches workshops about mushroom cultivation. Mark collects local wild strains of useful fungi and collaborates with colleagues throughout the world to explore the edges of Kingdom Fungi. www.sharondalefarm.com
Michael Judd has worked with agro-ecological and whole system designs throughout the Americas for the last 20 years focusing on applying permaculture and ecological design to increase local food security and community health in both tropical and temperate growing regions. He is the founder of both Ecologia, LLC, Edible & Ecological Landscape Design and Project Bona Fide, an international non-profit supporting agro-ecology research. He is the author of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. www.ecologiadesign.com
Co-author of Homemade for Sale, Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring, and Rural Renaissance, Lisa is a distinguished Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture. She directs the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, an award-winning initiative for women farmers. www.homemadeforsale.com
Paul H. Legrand
Paul Legrand has been a beekeeper for 24 years. When he and his wife, Mary, moved to Charlottesville six years ago he became a volunteer at Monticello. Later that first year he proposed to start and maintain 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, located at Tufton Farm. In 2014, he began a third apiary at Ash Lawn – Highland. He is in charge of all three apiaries.
Micah LeMon is the bar manager at the James Beard Nominated restaurant The Alley Light, as well as being a homebrewer, sodamaker, gardener, and food writer. alleylight.com
Kathleen Maier, RH(AHG)., PA, has been a practicing herbalist for over twenty years. She is currently director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile. She was trained as a Physician’s Assistant. 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 (Storey, 2014), 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. Through PlymouthCRAFT.org, she gives regular workshops on natural leavening, historic baking, and wood-fired cooking in a broad variety of settings. Her work was featured in Summer 2014 on The Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food. She blogs at themagnificentleaven.com and www.PlymouthCRAFT.org
Ellen Ecker Ogden
Ellen Ecker Ogden is a food and garden writer, and author of five books on food and garden design, including The Complete Kitchen Garden featuring theme gardens and recipes for cooks who love to garden. She is the co-founder of The Cook’s Garden seed catalog, and a landscape designer. She lives in Vermont. www.ellenogden.com
Zuzana Ponca is an experienced amateur mycologist who has been collecting wild edible mushrooms around the US and Europe for over 15 years. She learned the art of identifying and gathering wild edible mushrooms as a member of San Francisco Mycological Society. She is a landscape designer at Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in Charlottesville and uses her passion for wild edibles in her professional work. As a co-owner of Vitae Spirits Distillery she also consults on use of unusual botanicals in spirits. www.facebook.com/conzumecville
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 medicinal herbal mentors, 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, and registered Miniature Hereford cows. During the winter they utilize their greenhouses for a winter CSA of specialty greens and salad mixes. www.forrestgreenfarm.com
MSN calls tea historian Bruce Richardson “A leading tea expert involved in tea’s American renaissance for over two decades.” He is the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Danville, Kentucky.
Bruce serves as Tea Master for the new Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and contributing editor for TeaTime magazine. He is the author of over a dozen books on tea, including A Social History of Tea; the New Tea Companion; and editing the 2011 edition of the Okakura Kakuzo’s classic, Book of Tea. Fortune 500 companies regularly seek Bruce’s advice as they investigate tea’s emerging role in the world marketplace, and he is often quoted in the international press, including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Smithsonian, MTV, BBC, and CNN.
Before beginning his vocation in tea, Bruce spent 22 years as a musical conductor and baritone soloist. Whether holding a conducting baton or teapot, this artist continues to inspire an ever-expanding audience of tea lovers across the world. www.elmwoodinn.com
Jan Roden has been designing warm, inviting homes for over thirty years. Her spaces are distinguished with rooms that are refined, yet relaxed, color that’s comfortable for every occasion, fabric and furniture that lure you in. Jan has a gift for finding the delicate balance between old and new, always with small surprises mixed in.
In 2001, Charlotte Shelton and 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
Dawn Story 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 Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants. www.monticello.org
Amanda Welch started Grubby Girl in 2002 and has been making hand-crafted soaps and bath products ever since. We use our own all-natural honey and botanicals raised locally on Meeting House Farm in Western Louisa County in our product line. We also offer our honey from the apiary and granola made with our honey. We continue to expand the products offered from the farm and invite you to come see me at the City Market and visit our website for more information about our farm and products. www.grubbygirl.com
Kevin West is author of Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving (Knopf) and creative director of Grand Central Market, a revitalized historic food hall in downtown Los Angeles, where he now lives. His family has been farming in Blount County, Tennessee, at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains, for 150 years, and his preserving work is inspired by Southern Appalachian food culture, historic American cookery books, and today’s progressive agricultural ideals. www.savingtheseason.com
Heather Wetzel, RH MEd
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. 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, and he is a past recipient of the Southern Seed Legacy’s Seed Saver of the Year award. www.rodgersheirlooms.com
Olwen is a food and garden writer and the author of several cookbooks including Apple Cookbook (Storey 2015). Since 2005, she has been chef instructor at Glenfiddich Farm Cooking School, a 20-acre farm in Leesburg, VA, which she shares with ceramic artist Richard Busch (Glenfiddich Farm Pottery). She raises chickens and grows vegetables, herbs, and fruits for year-round use. www.glenfarmcookery.com
Alexis Zeigler was raised on a self-sufficient farm in Georgia. He has planted and maintains numerous orchards in Central Virginia. He teaches propagation classes specializing in plants that grow without insecticides and fungicides. He is building a farm and community that runs without fossil fuel, Living Energy Farm. livingenergyfarm.org
Lisa Mason Ziegler
Lisa is a cut-flower grower, author, and nationally recognized speaker on organic cut-flower gardening. Farming since 1998, her urban farm produces thousands of stems of flowers each week in season. Her flowers are sold to florists and supermarkets. Lisa’s gardening experiences have been gathered from everyday life on her farm. www.shoptgw.com