Welcome to New England! It really is as picturesque as the movies make it out to be. Whether you’re cruising along cheery Lake Champlain, winding your way through rugged Franconia Notch, eating your way through the Big E, dancing at “The Meadows”, kayaking on Moosehead Lake, or chilling at Misquamicut, you can feel it’s special here.
New England gardens spans many climates and four USDA growing zones (from 3-7) . In the chill of northern Main, in the mild Connecticut River Valley, and in the deserts of the Provincelands, you will find nearly anything growing here! The four seasons keep us on our toes and I can never decide on which is my favorite, they’re all stunning.
I am based in the Hartford, CT area but will travel around New England, I love a good road trip! I will help you confidently move forward toward your gardening goals (or help you define them!) I also offer caretaking services for estates, businesses, and farms in the Litchfield, CT area.
I also coach people how to live a more sustainable lifestyle in tune with the seasons through reflection, ritual, and shifting daily habits. I can help you plan and design your garden or homestead using permaculture and sustainable techniques that restore the planet. We can also build a career for you around sustainability, environmental justice, or anything Earth-related that your heart is calling for.
“To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.”― Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants
I’m here to spark a global love affair with Mother Nature.
I believe that it won’t be climate laws that regenerate our world and reverse climate change, but a change in the hearts of billions of people. See, when you LOVE something, you don’t need a law to tell you to take care of it, it’s just in your bones. You just WANT to. It becomes unquestionable. So that’s what I’m here to do -- to facilitate a love affair between humanity and Mother Nature so that we effortlessly and lovingly restore the balance and beauty of the world.
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”― Robin Wall Kimmerer
I'm a sucker for plants, deep conversations, personal development books, seed catalogs and Harry Potter. I’m a Hufflepuff and possible reincarnation of Samwise Gamgee. I am not afraid to try and fail at new things, it’s all part of the journey! (Especially with plants!)
At home I'm a dog mom, goofy dancer, typewriter poet, composter, and family-gathering-coordinator. I listen to my soul and my intuition. I pay attention to my dreams and the bugs in my garden. I live in an old farmhouse in rural Connecticut where I experiment with permaculture design principles, garden aesthetics and raising chickens.
I LOVE helping people start new projects, careers, and adventures. I will always be the person to cheer you on and tell you that your dreams are realistic (anything really is possible).
The modern world isn't conducive to connecting deeply to ourselves, others, or nature. This can leave us feeling confused, stressed, unfulfilled and unhappy (believe me, I've been there).Humans have evolved in synchrony with nature over tens of thousands of years, we aren't meant to spend all day at computers worrying about everything.
At least, that’s where I found myself a few years ago.
I was totally burnt out and on the wrong path to nowhere. One divorce, a layoff, and two moves later, I found myself enrolled in a Master Gardener course through UCONN that then opened the doors for a Permaculture Design Certificate and career coaching business. In the middle of a global pandemic my fiance and I manifested and moved to our dream farmhouse in rural Connecticut. We immediately set up shop to build a vegetable garden and start our own flock of chickens. My life has changed drastically in just a few short years, but I have never felt more in my element, never more certain of what I’m here in this world to do. Which is awfully close to Frodo's blessing to Sam in The Return of The King:
"Your hands and your wits will be needed everywhere. You will be the Mayor, of course, as long as you want to be, and the most famous gardener in history; and you will read things out of the Red Book, and keep alive the memory of the age that is gone, so that people will remember the Great Danger, and so love their beloved land all the more. And that will keep you as busy and as happy as anyone can be, as long as your part in the Story goes on. "
I feel this calling deep in my bones to help modern people reconnect to the magic of nature, not just the physical world but also our human natures. We are living in a time of so many crises and yet the solutions are simple and they all center around our connection to the land and to ourselves. Although I've recently reconnected with this part of myself, I realize that it's been there all along.
When I was little, I would spend hours outside simply appreciating all the little things I noticed. Clusters of May bluets, drifting leaves, roadside wildflowers and sunsets. With my disposable camera in hand I faithfully documented everything that appealed to me. Simply observing and appreciating the glorious scenery around me. My mom always had a garden - she turned our shady hilltown home into a perennial plant oasis.
I loved to make brews and concoctions from plants, mint tea, “pioneer stew” (which was carrots, pepper, and water. I even tried grinding grass-seed heads to make flour. We also had pigs, chickens, goats and a parade of cats and dogs. As an adult, this morphed into self-sustainability and reducing my impact on the environment. I started growing more gardens, buying less plastic, and generally trying to source things in my life more locally and sustainably.
I'm learning more every day about food security and food justice and how I can be part of the solution to creating true equality and a healthy planet. I went to Smith College and studied Art History (which is really cultural history!). Since then I've been a mostly a nonprofit fundraiser - but also a Massage Therapist, Career Coach, Master Gardener, Landscaper, MBTI Personality Type Administrator, and now on my way to a Permaculture Design Certificate.
If you're into making yourself a better person, taking care of the environment, and connecting with the world around you, let’s work together.
Designing a Seasonal & Sustainable Lifestyle
Here you'll find inspiration for creating a fulfilling lifestyle that takes all of you into consideration. I'll share ideas for how to live an eco-friendly life, get to know yourself better, connect with spirit, live with the rhythms of the seasons, the moon, the sun and the earth. You'll also benefit from professional coaching as I lead you through journal exercises, personal reflections, creating habits, and more.
Homesteading at Heart
Garden and landscape coaching, design and planning
Have you inherited a house with an orchard and you’re scared to prune the trees? Do you want to grow a garden but think you have a black thumb? Do you have a grand vision business property but don’t know where to start? Are you trying to plan a community garden? Do you want to make sure you do all of this in the most regenerative, sustainable, beautiful, personalized, magical and eco-friendly way possible? Let’s work together! I can coach you through your specific questions, or provide design and planning advice and ideas based on Permaculture best practices and your goals for the space.
Building a sustainability career
Do you dream of doing work that directly helps the environment? Would you like to find work helping to ensure food security for at-risk populations? Do you want to transition out of your current field and into the world of sustainability? (Or are you a business looking to hire such people?) Using my many years in professional management, community building and training as a personal coach and personality-type specialist we will find you the job (or employee!) you’ve been pining for.
To love a place is not enough. We must find ways to heal it.
Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.
I care to live only to entice people to look at Nature's loveliness. Heaven knows that John the Baptist was not more eager to get all his fellow sinners into the Jordan than I to baptize all of mine in the beauty of God's mountains.
If there's a world here in a hundred years, it's going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!
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