Who We Are

Laura Thiessen

Laura is a certified teacher who has traded the indoor classroom setting for nature’s classroom. She taught Spanish, preschool, and kindergarten for 9 years, and most recently worked at a woman’s shelter (CCO) for 3 years, but has always loved nature and learning about the amazing health properties of plants, and about nature’s ecosystem. Her hope is to be empowered to grow healthy medicinal and edible plants naturally, to save healthy non-GMO seeds, and to share that journey and joy with others.

John Betten

John Betten is a gardener and street poet living with Jesus People USA in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Formerly, he was a co-owner of Dorothy’s Kitchen Table, a farm-to-table restaurant in Denton, Texas.

Tammy Perlmutter

Tammy Perlmutter is a writer and an amateur naturalist, having been drawn to and fascinated by nature since childhood and has fond memories of playing with starfish and horseshoe crabs at the Jersey Shore, as well as falling in love with pine trees and paper birches while collecting Eastern tent caterpillars and frogs in the Poconos. She has a 17-year-old daughter who inherited her love for the outdoors and adventure. Tammy was an urban rooftop beekeeper for two years and hopes to return to it someday.

Meghan Filizola

Meghan is a plant hobbyist who studies herbalism, foraging, and permaculture in her spare time. She has loved nature and being a part of it since childhood and seeks to find more ways of greening life in the inner city.

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