Rachel Freifelder: Living City, Handmade Gardens
Rachel holds degrees in ecology and environmental science from Stanford University and UC Berkeley, and studied agricultural ecology at UC Davis and herbology at the Pacific School of Botanical Medicine. She apprenticed on two working farms and left the university world to join in the founding of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, an intentional community in rural Missouri. Rachel first became a garden educator through giving tours and coordinating volunteers at Dancing Rabbit. She returned to city life for the purpose of integrating social justice work with sustainable living, and has taught garden skills to both adult and younger neighbors in various schools and urban neighborhoods. Since settling in Portland’s Cully neighborhood in 2007, Rachel was the garden coordinator at Rigler K-8 School for 5 years. She has offered many food gardening classes at her abundant mini-farm, first solo and since 2011 as a member of the Living City collective. Living City’s expanded, garden-based seed-growing workshop, Growing Seeds for your Garden and Community, will take place at her home garden on Sept. 11, the day before the conference. (follow this link) Rachel also offers garden services and consultations as Handmade Gardens Edible and Native Organic Land Care.