Jennifer has a background in art, design, and animal husbandry. She has been interested in animals and nature since she was a little girl. Growing up on James Herriot and old family farm stories gave her the desire to farm, it did not seem like a smart thing to do as a career choice in the 80′s.
Jennifer entered into the art world, her second love. She attended Central Technical School and Sheridan College. Her consistent scientific interest brought her to Scientific illustration. Finding that she wanted to be closer to the subjects she was portraying she then entered an Animal Care program, also at Sheridan College.
A co-op placement at a biodynamic farm rekindled her childhood love of traditional farming. After finishing school she and Tim then embarked on another journey of self education that included biodynamics, organic farming, nature education, and herbalism. Jennifer felt she found her true calling when she discovered Permaculture. She promptly took the closest course she could find with a teacher that was well educated about her local bioregion and ecosystem.
Since gaining her Permaculture Design Certificate Jennifer has found her art training invaluable as an observational tool.
Being at All Sorts Acre has enable Jennifer to immerse herself in Permaculture and what it means in day to day life, and as a longer term lifestyle.
Jennifer has also trained with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest gardens, and will be taking her Permaculture teacher training in 2012.