Margaret first came to Resilient Acres (then Light Footsteps) as a WWOOFer volunteer with an interest in living and working on a farm. She felt immediately aligned with the mission that Christine and Michael had for their piece of land and has been a part of implementing their vision since! She is now working as the garden manager and works to grow annual vegetables and perennials on the property. She attended Ohio University and there, the atmosphere of environmentalism and food sovereignty had a major influence on her. From learning how to harvest ramps to visiting the community garden to pick chamomile for the first time, Athens opened her world up to growing and foraging her own food.
From there, she went on to Denver, Colorado to complete a year of service with Americorps. At her service site she educated students on health and wellness through cooking lessons and facilitating the student garden. After that she moved to a farm in Carbondale, Colorado where she was able to experience her first full season of farming. She doesn’t know if it was the microgreen ravioli they taught her to make there or the bread and butter pickles but after that summer she was hooked and wanted to fully immerse in the the lifestyle of farming and the fruits that it bore!
She has homestayed at farms in Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica and once planting back in Cleveland she began picking red clover in abandoned urban lots and working for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens Green Corps program that works to employ high school kids and teaches them how to grow food. Finally she landed at Resilient Acres and has seen the place grow in number of acres AND kids! Margaret has a shared passion for birthwork with Christine and she attended the home birth of her youngest child, Sage as her doula.
She loves the comprehensiveness of connecting to the earth and birthwork represent at the farm along with the promotion of women and female bodied humans through the wellness products. Farming her third season at Resilient Acres is a joy and reminds her how lucky she is to work with plants and be outside all day! Some of her favorite things about farming are seeing the volunteer plants come up in the spring like old friends and mixing beautiful summer salads with goodies from my garden and wild plants!