My journey in lifestyle publishing and passion for environmental protection led me several years ago to edible gardening. I believe that growing your own food is the perfect first step to developing a sense of stewardship for all creation, including your own self. What better way is there to understand how the environment sustains you than by understanding how to grow your own food?
Wendell Berry explains it best: “I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if [he] is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world.” (From “Think Little” in The Art of the Commonplace)
I first read these words by Berry as I earned my B.A. in English and a concentration in Environmental Studies from Sewanee: The University of the South. Later, I completed an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in writing from Green Mountain College. I’m also a certified master gardener. But as any gardener knows, gardening is a lifelong lesson — each season is like a new semester.
In my day job as digital editorial director for HGTV, Travel Channel and DIY Network, I manage a team of talented editors and producers who create online content about everything from decorating with yellow to growing succulents to hiking the Inca Trail. Prior to this work, I immersed myself in vegetable gardening as marketing content producer for Bonnie Plants. I have also written about decorating and outdoor living for Southern Living and Coastal Living magazines, was the editor of Lowe’s Creative Ideas for Home and Garden, and have written numerous national park travel guides for the National Park Foundation.
I live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I grow, cook and preserve food from my suburban backyard and share my love of gardening with friends, colleagues, the larger community and my ever-patient husband, Derek, and our Aussie, Rufus. In addition to gardening, I also love hiking, backpacking, kayaking, camping in our VW Westy camper van, traveling to national parks, supporting local farmers, and practicing yoga with my morning coffee.