I graduated from Macalester College in 1993 where I studied environmental issues and followed that interest immediately after college to work in environmental education centers around the nation: in California, Maine, Vermont, and Minnesota. In 1996 I took my interest in the environment to the tropics of Costa Rica where I applied my Spanish skills to work at sustainable development research centers, sustainable farms, and environmental education centers. In 2000 I returned to the Twin Cities and began working in children’s garden programs, community gardens, and local nature centers while pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in environmental education, with a minor in sustainable agriculture. After graduating I continued to work in my field writing curriculum for, and designing gardens for a Schoolyard garden ecology program where I had the opportunity to follow my passion of getting more kids outside to connect to the land, as well as enjoy and learn about nature.
Backyard Harvest's mission is to strengthen the Twin Cities local foods infrastructure one yard at a time by turning lawns into nourishing and healthy landscapes. We connect eaters directly to their food, neighbors to one another, and urban farmers to professional opportunities.
Find out more about us here!
- 2009 April – Minneapolis Observer Quarterly
- 2009 April – Twin Cities Daily Planet
- 2009 May – Southwest Journal
- 2010 April – Slow Food Minnesota's Featured Artisanal Producer
- 2010 April – Twin Cities Daily Planet
- 2010 July – Associated Press
- 2010 July – Hungry for Change, the official blog of the movie Food, Inc.
- 2010 May – "The Bold New Faces of Urban Farming: A Slideshow of 11 Pioneers" on Salon.com
- 2010 October – Foodie News, food trends newsletter of the American Farm Bureau Federation
- 2011 January – Neighborhood Life