Jamie is a market farmer, permaculture designer, primitive builder, and advocate for health and sustainability in the greater Charlotte area. She is committed to preserving nearly lost heirloom crop varieties and heritage livestock, reviving pre-industrial farming practices, and protecting our soil and water. By using a blend of modern and ancient technology, she is able to grow a substantial amount of food without damaging the ecosystems that support life on earth.
Chasing a life-long dream, she left her career in information technology to live a self-sufficient, slow life. She spent three years living off-grid and growing her own food in the Carolina Piedmont, which was a challenge that led her to question the effectiveness of “conventional” farming methods. She couldn’t help but notice that as she meticulously turned over her garden soil, irrigated with buckets from the spring and pulled weed after weed, the old-growth forest around her garden was thriving without any human intervention. Upon reading “One Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka, she decided to explore natural farming and discovered permaculture principles and design. Inspired and renewed, she began attending lectures and workshops lead by agronomists and permaculture practitioners from all over North America while reading every permaculture book she could get her hands on.
After the loss of several family members and friends to avoidable food-related diseases, she became determined to educate the community about the dangers of processed sugars and fast food, and began growing commercially in hopes of making quality, nutrient-dense ingredients more accessible in the food deserts of our region. In addition, she dedicates much of her time teaching natural farming methods and volunteering at community gardens, hoping to inspire others to go slow.