I make my living as a research associate at the University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science. Since 2007 I have been doing field research on strawberries, raspberries, apples, plums, cherries and apricots. I write many of our educational and outreach materials and maintain a few project websites. I also teach HORT 1003, Organic Gardening, a fully online introductory horticulture course.
In 2009, I established an edible landscape demonstration garden on the U of M St. Paul campus. This blog was born that season, though under a different name to share the process of starting and maintaining the garden. The U of M Horticulture Club now manages the garden, giving students the opportunity to practice this style of garden design and management.
Over the years I have enjoyed speaking and teaching about edible landscaping to Twin Cities area garden clubs, master gardener groups, landscaping organizations, The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, on KARE11, and at the Minnesota State Fair.
In 2011, I relocated to the state of Wyoming. From a small cabin in the woods at the base of the Tetons I still work full time for the U of M, writing and teaching and supporting our research program in various ways.
What about the book, you ask? The book happened the way we dream of books happening...an editor who read my blog contacted me to ask if I'd be interested in writing a book on edible landscaping. How could I resist? Just about two years later, the book became a reality.