Frank is currently establishing a staple food crop chestnut-based forest garden in Sodom, NC. He divides his time between Madison County, NC, Asheville, NC and his home state of West Virginia, where he is helping to establish a forest garden on top of Cheat Mountain among the spruce forests. He loves yellow birch roots, researching about nut trees, following the New River back to WV, and doing working meditations while innovating new agroforestry practices.
He graduated with honors from Shepherd College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, after spending a year on the city council of Shepherdstown, WV, where he served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Environmental Sustainability Committee, and Affordable Housing Committee. He is a member of the Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) and the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX). His writing has been published in the Permaculture Activist magazine and Appalachian Voices.
Dye Plant Garden Director
Herb and Perennial Garden Co-coordinator
Lindsey is a fiber artist and gardener of vegetable, medicinal, and dye plants. She is homesteading in Madison County, NC where she is establishing herb gardens, annual vegetable storage crops, and experimenting with natural dyes and wearable art in her felting/fiber arts studio.
She graduated from Shepherd College with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, and has been traveling, managing farms and creating fiber arts since then. She is the creative force behind the design of the website and other promotional material.
Natalie brings her experience with domesticated animals to ACA and has been developing silvopasture systems that focus on fertility restoration and field management for new and existing crop plantings through the strategic grazing of goats. She has also established a population of honeybees as well as many pollinator-friendly plants to support honeybees and a wide variety of native pollinators.
Silvopasture Applied Research Director
Shelton Laurel Research Site Coordinator
Becky has been working with farm animals for most of her life. She’s been managing farms in Vermont, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the last 5 years. She is an avid singer, song-writer, crafts-woman and botanical illustrator. While at the University of Vermont, she obtained a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science and Ecological Agriculture, and participated in agro-ecology research about mycorhizzal inoculants.
Collective Forest Garden Site Director
If there is one person in the agroforestry and forest gardening community whose knowledge and skills have been acquired from hands-on experiential practices Anthony is that person. Unlike many folks in the world of permaculture you’ll often times hear him say, “I didn’t read that in a book. I know that because I’ve tried it.” He has been the steward of the Collective Forest Garden in Mars Hill for the last several years, experimenting with various water catchment systems, perennial soil building strategies, bio-mass plants, integrated pest control systems, and non-native edibles and useful plants. He is currently working on developing a cold hardy chestnut-tea plant guild in the mountains outside of Asheville, NC.
Amelia is an assistant at the Collective Forest Garden in Mars Hill. She grew up on a diverse farm in Tennessee where she gained experience in gardening and working with farm animals. Amelia also lived in a homesteading community for 5 years where she furthered her experience in organic gardening skills, learned community living skills, and learned how to raise and care for ducks and chickens. She is experienced in natural beekeeping and food preservation.