Dawn Combs is co-owner of the award-winning family herb farm Mockingbird Meadows in Ohio. She formulates its Soda Pharm™ syrups and is nationally known for her expertise combining honey and herbs for health. Trained in ethnobotany, she travels the country speaking about botanical wellness and home health proficiency. She is a regular contributor to several national magazines and the author of Conceiving Healthy Babies and Heal Local. Read more about her at www.mysodapharm.com
David Lafever lives in the Humboldt Bay watershed of Northern California, where he works, plays, creates, and enjoys life among the redwoods. He is a Zen practitioner, avid backpacker, baker of bread, and far-out father. He and his wife are the co-conspirators of Orchard Eggs, free-range laying hens. Follow their adventures at wild-home-economics.com and David’s writing at witlesswanderings.wordpress.com.
Danielle Charles-Davies is a freelance writer, food blogger and photographer. She resides on a small farm in Northern Michigan where she and her husband raise Indian runner ducks, a mishmash of hens, two wily cats and two rescued Italian greyhounds called Pippin and Ella. She blogs about mood inspired vegetarian and gluten-free cooking at bluemoonkitchen.com.
Dana Reed is Firefly Photography. She creates dreamy, soulful, feel-good maternity, newborn and family portrait photography in the Keene, New Hampshire area. Learn more about Dana at whimsicalstorytelling.com.
An advocate of food education, Cynthia spends her time as assistant professor and culinary director at Bastyr University, making cooking videos for Cookus Interruptus (www.cookus.tv) and writing books and articles. Her cookbook Feeding the Whole Family is in its third incarnation and a new edition of Feeding the Young Athlete is currently avaiilable.
Crystal Moore-Stevens is an Author, Artist/Art Teacher, Folk Herbalist, Regenerative Farmer, and Permaculturist. She is the author of award-winning book Grow Create Inspire and Worms at Work, and will soon release her third book about Edible Landscaping. Crystal has been teaching a Resilient Living workshop series for over a decade and is the Garden Manager at EarthDance Organic Farm School in Ferguson, MO. FollowCrystal’s adventures at www.growcreateinspire.com
Courtney is a stay-at-home mother and the designer behind Pink Brutus Knits. Since beginning her full-time design career in 2009, Courtney has contributed work to many books and magazines including Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Berroco Yarn Co, and Pom Pom Quarterly. You can find out more about her designs, including her book, Family-Friendly Knits at www.pinkbrutus.com.
Colin has been growing food organically for the past fifteen years, focusing on the design and management of projects ranging from multi-acre farms to small backyard gardens. He believes that urban food production can help increase public awareness of environmental, health and social issues. Find out more about Colin’s work at www.seattleurbanfarmco.com.
Clayton prizes traditional media and images made the old fashioned way, with pigment and graphite and ink. He graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA in Illustration. In addition to artwork, Clayton designs and builds furniture, making him doubly suited for this issue of Taproot! View more of his illustrations at claytonjamesthompson.com.
Claire is an artist, educator and avid field journalist working across disciplines to integrate art, conservation and healing in her personal and community projects. Her work can be found in homes, books, galleries and hillsides around the world. She lives and loves in Missoula, Montana with her children, ducks and burgeoning garden. Dive into her world at emeryart.com.
Christine Chitnis is an author and photographer. Her book, Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan (Clarkson Potter, March 2020) is a visual experience that offers intimate insights into the diverse and richly hued Western Indian culture. She lives with her husband and three young children, Vijay, Vikram and Meera, in Providence, Rhode Island.