I am an herbalist, organic farmer, and co-founder of Cultivating Roots LLC, a small scale herb farm and apothecary. My love of herbal medicine, although I wasn’t aware at the time, dates back to when I was a kid. I remember going into the woods with my brother and finding old glass bottles, among many other things. We’d spend hours stirring up concoctions with leaves, flowers, roots, water and mud. From this very young age I have felt this solid tie to the Earth. During college I majored in Biology, and was planning on attending graduate school to become a physician’s assistant. Somewhere in my studies, I felt a stronger pull to focus on conservation, plant biology and ecology. I knew I wanted to help people, but also felt like I needed to be closer to nature, and help protect it in anyway I could. After graduating, I started interning for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which is where I fell in love with farming, and have been doing it ever since. Once I was introduced to medicinal herbs, it was like a light switch went off. I fell completely in love with the healing wisdom of herbs. There was no sense that I could ever do anything else, this was it. Herbalism brings together everything I’m passionate about. I have studied with local herbalists, apprenticed several years for a medicine maker, enrolled in a two year program at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine and participated in various other courses such as medicine making and foraging, and have taken several classes at the Heartstone Center for Earth Essentials. Recently, I completed the two year clinical herbalist training program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies, where I currently am taking a therapeutics course. In addition, I am participating in the American Herbalists Guild Mentorship Program, and am working closely with a local acupuncturist to further explore Traditional Chinese Medicine. I will forever be a student, there is so much more I want to learn and do. It’s my responsibility to share the information and knowledge that I have, and I hope it can help make people healthier, their families healthier, and ultimately make the world a better place to inhabit.