Something deep inside me lights up in the presence of fresh herbs. I am enraptured by them, as well as those who grow and use them.
Fresh herbs have been a symbol of my own artistry and creative spirit since I started growing them in my garden in Eugene, Oregon, in my early 20’s. Not only are they a staple in my cooking, but they have sprung up in every aspect of my life ever since.
My Herbal Roots is the creative manifestation of everything herbal I have experienced along the way, and a projection of all to come. It’s a place for me to share my herbal passion indiscriminately, allowing me to document the herbal moments that light my path, providing a home to pause in celebration and appreciation.
I have been conscious of my own innate passionate streak from an early age. Like many others, I remember coloring outside the lines as a child. What set me apart was the self-confidence I had that couldn’t be swayed by anyone telling me it was wrong. My inner strength carried me forward from the get-go, fearlessly driving me to where and who I am today.
I have been teaching myself most subjects since a young age. My father nurtured my independent nature. I suspect he was similar. He was as far from a helicopter parent as one could get. With no mother in the picture from early on, I was buffered from stereotypical gender boundaries as an integral member of a family of men: three brothers and a strong father. This gave me substantial self-confidence early on and helped shaped me into the creative and confident woman I am today.
Two factors from my youth set me on my life’s path. My one-of-a-kind father carried my brothers and me across the globe early in life, landing us in war-torn Nicaragua in the height of Central American brouhaha in the mid-80s. I experienced the unbelievable generosity of Nicaraguans, many of whom had nothing of monetary value. They guided me to discover what I carried in my soul. My father’s openness and exuberance for life, wrapped in a bold and courageous attitude, helped me build my spirit. Both my father and the Nicaraguans helped define joy for me at an early age.
From an early age I desired to embrace life to the fullest. I knew there was no pre-planned road map to follow. I have spent the majority of my life traveling. That is when I am happiest and at my most humble and learning. My love of traveling eventually translated into global agricultural assignments, working with organic, fair-trade, and sustainable farmers around the world. Through my work in agriculture, famers have invited me into their homes and kitchens. Here I discovered the deep connecting power of food, culture, and community. Through this, I have also discovered how complex so many simple things can become, once business inserts markets and money into the picture.