Born in California, I went to highschool in Costa Rica then business school in Argentina. I dropped out to start a horse tour company and run a beachfront restaurant in Uruguay. Then I became a barefooted global nomad, of course.
At 22 I met Farmer Paul Otten one of the top berry experts in this country. He was a lifelong student of health; soil, plant, human / animal and spiritual. He taught me so much and had a tremendous impact on my path. I worked directly under Paul for six growing seasons (nomading during Minnesota’s long winters) and we continued to be best friends until his death in 2018.
After apprenticing under Paul I went on a year long farm tour studying a wide variety of specialty crops and deciding to dedicate my career growing herbs. I worked on an industrial scale herb farm in Oregon before starting Sacred Blossom in spring 2016.
I farm for my health, your health and the health of the planet.
Most herb farms look like vegetable farms – monocultures with abundant fertility and irrigation. I believe that nature produces superior quality herbs, so that is what I mimic on my farm. Minimum fertilizer and irrigation. Polycultures with biologically active soils. Every plant is considered before it is harvested by hand and then processed with care.