My professional journey wasn't "linear" by traditional standards. As a young person I put myself through college. To do it, I worked nights in a rowdy little bar on Miami Beach. After 4 years of juggling internship, school and work schedules, I graduated. I took the first adventurous job I could find crewing on a solar powered sailboat on the other side of the world (New Zealand). I learned how to sail and cook on the open sea, while learning about the alternative power of sun and wind that moved us through the water. I was inspired, but also quite sea sick.
From the open ocean, I transitioned to working with my hands in the soil. I worked on emergent agricultural projects across the the US/Turtle Island. Then I was called to return to the Northeast, where my own ancestors once migrated, so I could begin a journey of understanding.
Beginning in Boston in 2010, I studied collaborative educational praxis under the mentorship of the powerful educators and activists at Mission Hill School in Boston.
My journey with honeybees began at around the same time. While attending graduate school and completing my work at Mission Hill, I volunteered with a small collective of beekeepers. Together we started the Boston Area Beekeeper Association and the Boston Tour de Hives, a bicycle powered apiary tour of the greater Boston area.
I've since set roots in Western Massachusetts, a region that sits on the stolen land of indigenous people from the Nipmuc, Pocomtuc and Wabanaki Confederacy. Here, I've taken all of the organizational, agricultural and apicultural skills I cultivated as a young person and created my own small business built upon the practices of reciprocity modeled by the social structures of the bees themselves.
My work with bees includes cultivating queen bees who are adaptive to ever changing climates, and my consulting work supports organizations in making lasting change by shifting power structures & creating effective collaboration. In both of these roles I seek to build sweet, resilient collaborations designed to stand the test of these transitional and transformative times.