Andrea’s wisdom in growing and preparing food spans almost 20 years of ongoing education and professional experience as an organic farmer and gardener and as a raw-food chef and educator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Human Health and Sustainable Agriculture from Prescott College in Arizona. Upon graduating she went on to earn a certificate of completion from the Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Andrea devoted the next ten years to managing and operating her own working organic farm in Santa Cruz, as well as other professional organic farms in California and Washington States. From 2000 to 2004 Andrea managed the expansion of the organic vegetable and medicinal herb gardens at Bastyr University School for Natural Medicine in Kenmore, Washington. While there she designed an organic gardening curriculum for the students and staff. She also spent a great deal of time developing recipes and researching the healing and nutritional value of food, benefiting from the vast knowledge of the professors there. In 2008 she took her passion for cooking and organic foods to the next level completing the intensive Associative Chef and Instructor Training Program at the Living Light Culinary Institute in Fort Bragg, California.
Andrea holds certificates from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS); the Pacific Yoga Teacher Training in Seattle; Permaculture for Drylands in Arizona; and the Nutrition Therapy Practitioner Program in Olympia, Washington.
In her spare time, Andrea enjoys life with her husband and their five year old son Isaac, hiking the beautiful Pacific Northwest, running, yoga, and getting together with her friends and extended family.