More than a botanist, Luke Cannon is a long time pursuer and teacher of our living natural world. Over the last two decades, Luke has instructed numerous wilderness awareness programs and led hundreds of classes, walks and workshops. An avid naturalist, he blends biological studies with ecology, organic farming, survival skills, permaculture, rural homesteading, and experiential education. He has taught for the North Carolina Arboretum, the Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, Organic Growers School, the Finger Lakes Native Plant Society, the Asheville Mushroom Club, Wild Abundance, and the Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism to name a few. In 2011 he became the founder and director of Astounding Earth, an organization dedicated to helping people deepen their relationships with the living Earth. Luke currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina, studying and teaching Appalachian ecology and ethnobotany. He offers regular public walks and workshops to share his knowledge of local plants, birds, mammals, mushrooms and ecology.
Noelle Fuller is the program manager of UGArden Herbs, a medicinal herb farm and herbal products business at the University of Georgia. UGArden Herbs is a feature of the student teaching farm UGArden in Athens, Georgia. Noelle grows over 40 herbs using organic practices, and through internships and community events she teaches students and community members how to grow and use medicinal herbs. These herbs are processed into a handcrafted herbal product line that sells throughout North Georgia. Noelle has a Certificate of Herbal Medicine from the Botanologos School of Herbal Studies and an M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Georgia. She focused on holy basil for her master’s research and has begun her PhD in Horticulture in May 2019. She loves introducing students to the magic of growing their medicine and is passionate about facilitating research on medicinal herbs to improve the quality, efficiency and profitability of herb production in the Southeast.
Clarenda Stanley-Anderson and Malcolm Anderson
Clarenda Stanley-Anderson and her husband, Malcolm Anderson, Sr., co-founded Green Heffa Farms, Inc. in Liberty, NC in 2008. As the first minority-owned social equity hemp farm in North Carolina, GHF is built on the principles of economic empowerment, equity, education, and environment. Clarenda is the 2019 Featured Farmer for National Hemp History Week and the first farmer of color for the largest grassroots effort to advance federal support for industrial hemp. Additionally, Clarenda is a global principal gifts officer with The Nature Conservancy, World Office. Malcolm Anderson, Sr. is retired from the U.S. Army where he worked as a medic and in senior management positions in both the Department of Defense and in the Department of Veteran Affairs. As his interests in health and well being deepened, he began to study cannabis cultivation and studied with master growers in states where cannabis was legal. In 2018, upon industrial hemp legalization in North Carolina, Malcolm committed his full-time efforts to Green Heffa Farms where he serves as Chief Operating Officer and primary curator of genetic strains. The Andersons’ have a combined family of six children, three grandchildren, and three rescue dogs.
James Geoffrey Steen
Geoff Steen is an agro-forester, educator, builder, and tree-installer who has recently led tree-planting on more than 15 acres of multi-specie orchards and silvopasture in three states. He started working with trees at age 18, tapping sugar maples then working on a 60-acre peach farm as the assistant manager for three years. Upon graduating from Warren Wilson College with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry & Agriculture, in 2008, Geoff started a small farm in Marshall, NC where he lives with his wife and three daughters and maintains more than 2 acres of tree crops. His style of instruction is exciting, intuitive, and full of stories. He hopes to inspire you to become a tree-planter and maintain your landscape with confidence.