I am at heart both nature-lover and people-person. I have been fascinated with the cycles of life since growing up at the feet of my father and grandfather, both skilled naturalists and gardeners. In my teens, I struggled with recurrent strep throat infections until I found raw pineapples to be effective in keeping me out of the doctor’s office. I have enjoyed a number of professional experiences in organic farm management and natural foods store management and development. I studied with the herbalist 7song in 2007 at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine and in 2013 with herbalist Jim McDonald in Michigan. I regularly attend short trainings and conferences to continually develop my skills. My passion is building connections between people and plants for their mutual benefit. I serve as treasurer and vice-president for the Indiana chapter of the American Herbalists Guild. I am a native Hoosier, husband, father, and student of nature.