At my core, I am an Iowa farm girl. I grew up in a dirt poor family. Generations of my family raised their children on home remedies and homegrown food, because we didn’t have enough money to pay a doctor or shop at fancy stores. I began my work using the knowledge handed down to me, but then I moved to Iowa City.
I realized that might not be “enough” to work here. I chose to pursue advanced studies culminating in a Bachelor’s degree from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont where the health arts & sciences department offers a track in clinical herbalism. I doubled up on anthropology classes focusing on Gaelic culture. Having this perspective has allowed me to meld historical use of herbal remedies with modern scientific research in a unique manner.
I prefer to be thought of as an herbal educator although I do work as a clinician when it’s warranted. I have also taught teaching continuing education classes on herbal self-care and preparation at Kirkwood Community College and done some guest lecturing at local colleges. I am the core coordinator of the Iowa City Herbalist Without Border chapter and one of the co-founders of Iowa City Mutual Aid Collective.
Some of you might recognize me because I was the event manager of TWCH for several years and present at conferences around the country including The AHG Symposium, The Midwest Herbfest, The Good Medicine Confluence, and the Traditions in Western Herbalism Conference. I am also an Associate Academy Educator at The Herbal Academy having contributed to their entrepreneur and advanced courses.
My other passion is gardening. I am certified through Iowa State University as a Master Gardener and studied permaculture at Goddard. My free time is spent working on my teaching garden Faoi na Fuinseoge.