Bachelor of Arts in Literary Journalism and Photography, Hampshire College, 2004
Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2006
I'm a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant, and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. My work has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Reader's Digest, Mother Earth News, Playgirl, Thrillist, and many other publications online and in print.
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey and enjoyed a suburban upbringing with my sister, mother and father, two dogs, and even a white picket fence. As I got older I developed a divine love affair with travel and exploration, and throughout my 20s enjoyed eight sojourns around the United States by Greyhound bus, several trips to Europe and South America, and penned for my collegiate thesis a book about whether it was possible to fabricate a sense of community in America's gated suburbs. The research for that project was executed during a two-month, cross-country Greyhound trip I undertook; which was replete with adventures only I could love.
My obsession with writing came out of all these experiences and a deep yearning to know and understand people around me. Since I began my pursuits of journalism, I have spent time with voodoo healers, the SCUBA subculture of New York City, environmentalists trying to use an endangered turtle to block condo development, San Diego's homeless population, and the Yurok Tribe of Klamath, Calif. My adventures and conversations have awarded me a deep sense of wonder, belief in magic, and the ultimate gift of whimsy in my everyday life.
In June of 2009 I surrendered cubicle life in Manhattan and traded in my pump heels and pencil skirts for Carhartt bibs and Muck boots. Since then, I've conducted my writing from the back deck of Better Farm while overlooking a property filled with forests, chickens and organic gardens. At the farm, I invite people to learn skillsets that will make them more self-reliant, creative, and loving—and challenge them to turn the hardships of their lives into vehicles for change. For each person who leaves Better Farm with a knowledge base of sustainability, growing his or her own food, and creating art for art's sake, we as a culture are taking another step toward a richer, gentler, healthier world.