STEPHANIE PENN is a documentary photographer based in the Bay Area. She studied Geology and Studio Art at Cornell College and loves combining her background in visual art and science to communicate stories about California’s nature, plants, and wildlife. She is currently studying at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on science and the environment.
JEN AND HILARY BAYER grew up in the Magic residential service learning community. They love being outdoors, enjoying and caring for nature. For more than 15 years, they’ve participated in Planting for the Second Hundred Years. Recently, they’ve initiated a biodiversity conservation project called the Silicon Valley Barcode of Life. They’ve been featured in Palo Alto Weekly and Bike Intelligencer stories. www.ecomagic.com.
Emily Murphy is an organic gardener, photographer, cook, and creator of the blog, Pass The Pistil. She is dedicated to working in garden education, teaching and running school gardens, and supporting community gleaning programs. Emily is the author of Grow What You Love, 12 Food Plant Families to Change Your Life, ©2018, Firefly Books. www.passthepistil.com
Pamela Berstler is an experienced landscape expert who co-founded and continues to manage G3, Green Gardens Group, an EPA WaterSense Partner and professional certifying organization that conducts outreach and education on the Watershed Approach to landscaping for homeowners and professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Pamela is a widely recognized thought leader in growing living soil as a solution to climate change.
International award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners and creative collaborators for more than three decades. After working on individual assignments for decades, the artists combined their talents. They are devoted to promoting and sustaining healthy communities, both human and natural, and reducing the impact and influence of climate change. www.winterbadger.com.
Judy McClure is the Master Gardener Program Coordinator and Chuck Ingels is the Environmental Horticulture Advisor; both are with University of California Cooperative Extension’s Capitol Corridor and are based in Sacramento County.
Chuck Ingels is the Environmental Horticulture Advisor and Judy McClure is the Master Gardener Program Coordinator; both are with University of California Cooperative Extension’s Capitol Corridor and are based in Sacramento County.
Julie Monson, a native Californian, grew up in Southern California. After retiring from a career in university administration, Julie and her husband moved to West Marin where she became an enthusiastic student in the Master Gardener program sponsored by Marin County and University of California Extension, indulging her life-long interest in landscaping and gardening.
Julie is the author of Gardening on California’s Coast, a compilation of articles that first appeared in the Marin Independent Journal; copies available at www.maplesandmoss.com.
Courtney Goetz is a past display garden creator and the current social media manager for the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. www.gardenshow.com.
Kelly McManus Chauvin is an ecologist and science communicator based in San Francisco. She holds a PhD in Earth System Science from Stanford University.
Melissa Keyser is a naturalist, urban homesteader, and garden designer. Growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains without electricity, she cultivated a love for the natural world at an early age. She is passionate about living in harmony with the earth, DIY projects, and strives to raise as much food as possible in her tiny backyard. Currently living in Sacramento, Melissa writes about connecting with nature and living in harmony with the seasons at www.melissakeyser.com.