our story. Leslie grew up in Michigan, but fell in love with the mountains working seasonal jobs during college. Her background is in ecology and wildlife biology. She spent over 10 years working in these fields, primarily in the Rocky Mountain West and the Canadian Arctic. Concern with humanity’s impact on ecosystems led her to make a switch from research work to more direct involvement in sustainable lifestyles.
With that in mind, Leslie decided to try out organic farming in 2012 working at Cloud Nine Farm in Wilsall, MT. She loved it and continued to gain experience at small-scale organic vegetable, dairy, and livestock farms in southwest Montana (Cloud Nine, Amaltheia, Gallatin Valley Botanicals) and Oregon (Horton Road Organics) for the next four seasons.
Leslie values the balance and focus that yoga and meditation have brought to her life. She has been a practitioner of yoga off-and-on since 2000, and more regularly since 2009 when she took up a practice to off-set stresses originating from graduate work and illnesses in her family. Leslie looks forward to taking a yoga teacher training in the near future. She has also been exploring other contemplative practices, including Vipassana and Zen meditation, since the mid-2000s.
Leslie is thrilled to transform her passions for yoga and regenerative agriculture into a livelihood at Root to Rise. In her time off she loves adventures in the wilderness or staying close to home, enjoying a beer and a stroll with the dogs to the nearby reservoir. She hopes to pick up knitting and learn to telemark ski one of these days!
Farm hands Millie & Rita (pest control & positive vibe specialists).