Do you hunger for a connection, longing for something more in your life? Not more stuff, but more….meaning. More calm. More wellbeing. More authenticity.

I can relate.

I’m Melissa, a naturalist, horticulturist, garden designer, writer, and the voice behind this site.

I’ve felt that hunger, too.

I’ve learned that in our modern age full anxiety, overwhelm and searching for something more, the answer to living well is to slow down, live simply, and find ways to connect to nature in their everyday life.

I’m dedicated to helping you on your journey do the same.

Growing up on the central coast of California, I fostered a love for the natural world at an early age. My family lived without electricity and I surrounded by redwoods and only minutes from the beach. My mom is an avid gardener, my dad a woodcutter. Guided by my love for nature, I earned a degree in Environmental Studies and continued to work in a variety of environmental related jobs, ranging from education to public policy.

However, I still felt like there was something missing in my life. I was regularly battling anxiety, had periods of depression, and I was often ill. Teaching classes about tide pools or passing laws that helped banned plastic bags were meaningful, but I hungered for a deeper connection, more authenticity in my own life.

I needed to go smaller, simpler.

It wasn’t until I had my own home and I discovered gardening, simple living, and modern homesteading did I find what I was looking for.

Learning practices like how to grow my own food, cook from scratch, preserve and ferment, and forage for wild herbs made me feel empowered. Making these practices part of my daily life tapped into an ancient knowledge, and my life was enriched knowing I was using skills that women had been doing for centuries. I cultivated an awareness of the Earth’s cycles and seasons. As I interacted with nature on a closer, more personal level, I also become aware of my own rhythms and cycles, making me feel more at peace than ever before. I was actively in charge of my own life and was using my hands for something real, something authentic.

This site is focused on helping people like you feed that hunger for something more.

I share tools and inspiration to how to create a slow, simple, and seasonal lifestyle. Centered around nature, food, gardening, herbs, and wellbeing, I want to help you navigate this modern world. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help you find a connection, nurture your body and soul, but above all, to live well.

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