Chloe Lieberman

Blog and Newsletter Writer, Instructor for Nutrition, Gardening, and Wildcrafting

Chloe writes for Wild Abundance’s blog, newsletter, and website.  In addition, she cooks for some classes, teaches a few others, and jumps in to help out with management and strategy. These roles give her a welcome outlet for the knowledge and excitement she perpetually cultivates around land-based living and a positive future for the planet.  Along with working at Wild Abundance, Chloe magically juggles co-managing a 23 acre homestead and small-scale dairy, parenting, lifelong learning, and maintaining meaningful relationships.  She majored in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz.  There, she deepened her inborn passion for real food and social justice. For 10 years before landing at her own homestead in Western North Carolina, she explored many manifestations of “sustainable community” all over the world.  In addition to growing and preparing food, she loves cultivating, foraging and utilizing medicinal plants and mushrooms.

Brad Lancaster

Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening

Brad Lancaster is an expert in the field of rainwater harvesting and water management. He authored the book on these subjects, “Rainwater Harvesting,” and he has created a verdant oasis at his home in Tucson, AZ, where rainwater is often less than 12 inches per year!

Laura Lengnick

Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening

Laura Lengnick has more than 25 years of leadership experience using design and planning to move sustainability values into action in businesses, community organizations and government policy and programs across a diversity of scales from local to national. Check out her company, Cultivating Resilience, LLC.

Ben Falk

Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening

Ben Falk lives permaculture every day at his Vermont homestead, a testing-ground for ideas and projects that he shares with the wider world through teaching, consulting, and writing. He founded Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things. He’s the author of the award-winning book “The Resilient Farm and Homestead.” This guy walks his talk!

Josephine “JJ” Bloomfield

Instructor for Women’s Empowerment

During a very reluctant initiation in her late 20’s, JJ dove head first into understanding the feminine mysteries and rites of passage. What once felt hopeless and debilitating became her medicine and her calling. It was during this transition that she learned the power of women gathering, aligned with the natural cycles, holding each other as they journeyed their lives together. JJ’s work is a blend of holding space while encouraging self-discovery. In 2015, she apprenticed with Natalie Bogwalker where she learned how to live in collaboration with the abundance of the mountains and the natural cycles, immersing herself in primitive skills, herbalism, gardening, permaculture, carpentry, homesteading and living off the grid. In 2016, she went on a pilgrimage to England to understand her spiritual and familial roots, meeting and studying the sacred sites, attending ceremonies at Stonehenge, The Tor, Avebury, and at various sacred sites in Cornwall. Currently, she’s apprenticing with Bloom Post, a woman who holds plant ceremonies near Asheville, NC. JJ has a B.A. in Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. In another chapter of her life, she worked in animal welfare for 7 years managing the largest free pet adoption event in the United States, and helping hundreds of organizations receive grant funding to implement lifesaving programs to save all of their community’s healthy and treatable shelter dogs and cats. She now shares her life with her community in Barnardsville, alongside her loving partner and his vivacious daughter, growing food, helping out on each other’s homesteads, and re-learning the old ways.