I have been growing most of my life. My family has owned and operated two other herb farms: Hyssop Hill Herb Farm and Coyote Herb Ranch in Franklin, Tn where we lived for 26 years.
In 2013, my hubby and I moved to our Fernvale farm (near Franklin). With ridge top property that includes hills, valleys, natural springs and a creek. This farm has many habitats that are abundant with plant diversity.
As an herbalist, I am thrilled with the medicine making opportunities with all the wild herbs that grow in the meadows, woods and along the creek. This plant abundance also allows me the opportunity to teach others foraging and herbal medicine making. I believe our Creator, God, put everything we need to nourish and heal our bodies all around us if we will just look.
We call this beautiful place Fernvale Herb and Flower Farm. In addition to our natural wild areas, we now cultivate herbs and cut flowers that I use to design arrangements for weddings and events and to sell at the local farmers market in Leiper’s Fork, TN.
I’m also a firm believer in growing food. If you want to know where your food comes from, grow it or buy it from a local farmer. I believe everyone can grow a little something for the dinner table. It doesn’t take much space, just a will and a want to try. After all, we all came from a garden and I think deep inside we are all trying to get back to it.
I have been a master gardener for many years and the past president of the Williamson County Master Gardeners. I attended the University of Tennessee in Plant and Soil Science. I grew up and worked on a large Dairy Farm before and after college.
I started writing stories in fourth grade in Charlevoix Elementary School in Charlevoix, Michigan. Although my homeroom teacher Mrs. K didn’t encourage me (in fact, quite the opposite), Mrs. Chew who demanded that I come to her reading class did. Thank you to all the wonderful teachers out there who see potential and intentionally nurture.
I write for various magazines and am a current contributor to State by State Gardening and Tennessee Gardener. I also have authored a book called “The Cracked Pot Herb Book” – Simple ways to incorporate herbs into everyday life, which is available in our online shop.
Wondering why I’m called “The Cracked Pot Gardener”? It was the title of a column I wrote for the Williamson Herald in Franklin, TN and the name of our herb shop, The Cracked Pot Herb Shop at Hyssop Hill Herb Farm.
On our farm we also have two goats: Fern and Moony Blues, seven chickens, a dog, Rosie, and our rescue kitty, Blossom. Lots of fodder for writing!
For 30 years, I have enjoyed speaking locally and around the country at many farming, gardening, and herbal events. It’s fun to share knowledge, impart a little wisdom and learn new things along the way from all the amazing people I have met.