I am a sometimes farmer, sometimes whole grain baker, sometimes writer, sometimes zine maker always seed and bean nerd of Sicilian and Irish ancestry. I was born and raised in Portland, OR where my family has been living as settlers on unceded ancestral lands of the Chinook, Clackamas, Multnomah, Waco, Cowlitz, Kalapuya, Wishram and many other tribes for four generations. Over the years, I have worn many different hats in the food and agriculture world, including as a researcher, farmer, farmers market manager, cheesemonger, recipe developer, and culinary educator. I am motivated by food, cooking, local agriculture, community building, and imagining new ways of living full lives based on care.
As a farmer and a baker, I am motivated by regional food systems, wild fermentation, alternative economies, and the creative ways we can engage with the natural world around us in more caring and careful ways through food and biodiversity.
I am a collector of heirloom beans, poems about food, and Georgia O'Keeffe postcards. I hold a Masters in Urban Planning with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where I focused on urban food systems and where my thesis on community seed saving and alternative economies was the recipient of the Harvard Urban Planning and Design Thesis Prize. My first degree is in English Literature and Art History.