I live with my husband in Ashland, VA. As a permaculture educator specializing in sustainable food production, I am passionate about helping people develop skills to live lightly in this world. As a result, I founded Homeplace Earth and, with the help of our filmaker son, Luke Conner, have produced two videos which are available through our website www.homeplaceearth.com. Since we all eat, we are all responsible for how the earth is used to produce our food. As a market gardener for 10 years, selling to restaurants, a CSA, and at farmers markets, I recognized that a farmer could be organic and still not be sustainable. My study of sustainability led me to become certified as an Ecology Action GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-farming teacher. I also hold a degree in Home Economics Education from Ohio State University and a Certificate in Permaculture Design. In January 1999, I began teaching at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland, VA. My classes evolved into the Sustainable Agriculture program that is there now. I left the college in May 2010 to allow time to address a larger community, such as you. The classes are still there, being taught by our daughter, Betsy Trice. Betsy appeared in our garden plan video when she was Arkansas farmer, Betsy Conner. Besides speaking in public and learning the mechanics of social media (no small task for someone who doesn’t even use a cell phone), my time is now spent researching how to sustainably grow a complete diet in a small space and getting the food to the table using the least fossil fuel.
It is my wish that the community that develops around this blog will expand, each of you becoming a catalyst for positive change wherever you are. Please share your comments as we travel this journey. Together we can make a difference.