Staff

Forest at Wild Abundance Natalie Bogwalker, Director

Natalie Bogwalker

Founder and Director of Wild Abundance; Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening, Carpentry & Natural Building, Homesteading, Foraging & Medicine Making, Women’s Empowerment, and Primitive Skills.

Natalie (she/her) is the visionary behind Wild Abundance, as well as the founder, director, and a primary instructor for many classes. She also dreams up new classes, is a big part of curriculum development, manages the campus, designs buildings, and takes beautiful photos for the website. Natalie is passionate about teaching and sharing skills to help all kinds of people live in an empowered and Earth-centered way. This includes her staff, and the skills of running a cooperative and sustainable values-based business.  

In 2008 Natalie founded the Firefly Gathering, an earthskills gathering focused on bringing people together to teach and learn. Under Natalie’s management, Firefly became the most well-attended event of its kind in the country, and the only one that was led by a woman. Natalie felt a strong desire to see the impact of sharing these skills with people throughout the year, not just at a once-a-year event, so in 2010 she founded Wild Abundance. 

At its inception, the school was a one-woman show with the goal of teaching people important skills (and earning enough of a living to keep doing that). As Wild Abundance has grown and matured, Natalie has embraced her role as a leader and an ecologically and socially minded business person (this has been challenging, given her anti establishment, anti-capitalist, and anarchist background). She now works collaboratively with her beloved staff to create and innovate so that Wild Abundance can be wildly successful at embodying and spreading its core values and grow it’s influence as an inspiring force of positive change in the world.  

Natalie and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachians. She balances her time between managing the logistics of the school, teaching, tending the garden, building, playing with her daughter and partner, visiting wild places, connecting with her community, and basking in the beauty of nature. Click here to read more about Natalie’s life and adventures. 

Forest at Wild Abundance Amy DeCamp

Director of Online Learning and Social Media

Amy (she/her) is privileged to support Wild Abundance’s mission toward community skill-building and resilience. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY, where the foundation for understanding complex social and political structures was laid. This study, combined with an ever growing awareness of the climate crisis, inspired Amy to transition from a “traditional” career path to one where her work aligned with her environmental values. Since that time, she’s worked on farms and for farmer-support organizations throughout the Southeast and joined the Wild Abundance team in January 2018, where she manages social media and online class coordination. Amy is a life-long learner who enjoys experimenting in the garden, growing and arranging cut flowers, singing, personal development, spoiling her cats, and spending time with friends and family.

Forest at Wild Abundance Chloe Lieberman

Chloe Lieberman

Instructor for Online Gardening School, Co-Visionary, Copywriter

Chloe (she/her) is the co-instructor the the Online Gardening School. She also writes for Wild Abundance’s blog, newsletter, and website. In addition, jumps in to help out with management and strategy as the co-visionary for the business as a whole. 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 holds a degree in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems from 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.

Forest at Wild Abundance Natalie Bogwalker, Director

Natalie Bogwalker

Founder and Director of Wild Abundance; Instructor for Permaculture & Gardening, Carpentry & Natural Building, Homesteading, Foraging & Medicine Making, Women’s Empowerment, and Primitive Skills.

Natalie (she/her) is the visionary behind Wild Abundance, as well as the founder, director, and a primary instructor for many classes. She also dreams up new classes, is a big part of curriculum development, manages the campus, designs buildings, and takes beautiful photos for the website. Natalie is passionate about teaching and sharing skills to help all kinds of people live in an empowered and Earth-centered way. This includes her staff, and the skills of running a cooperative and sustainable values-based business.  

In 2008 Natalie founded the Firefly Gathering, an earthskills gathering focused on bringing people together to teach and learn. Under Natalie’s management, Firefly became the most well-attended event of its kind in the country, and the only one that was led by a woman. Natalie felt a strong desire to see the impact of sharing these skills with people throughout the year, not just at a once-a-year event, so in 2010 she founded Wild Abundance. 

At its inception, the school was a one-woman show with the goal of teaching people important skills (and earning enough of a living to keep doing that). As Wild Abundance has grown and matured, Natalie has embraced her role as a leader and an ecologically and socially minded business person (this has been challenging, given her anti establishment, anti-capitalist, and anarchist background). She now works collaboratively with her beloved staff to create and innovate so that Wild Abundance can be wildly successful at embodying and spreading its core values and grow it’s influence as an inspiring force of positive change in the world.  

Natalie and her family live at the Wild Abundance homestead campus in the Southern Appalachians. She balances her time between managing the logistics of the school, teaching, tending the garden, building, playing with her daughter and partner, visiting wild places, connecting with her community, and basking in the beauty of nature. Click here to read more about Natalie’s life and adventures. 

Forest at Wild Abundance Photographers

Wild Abundance is fortunate to have worked with many talented and lovely professional photographers over the years. We’re listing them here, in order to honor their work and credit their incredible contribution to our school.

Jeff Wales

Merideth Garrigan – A Spot in Time Photography

Jenny Tenny

Go and Flow Photos

Alivia Ruiz – Dulce Ruiz Designs

Natalie Bogwalker

Laura Ruby

Taylor Blake

Mason McDonald – Art Before Comfort