img_1040Hi! I’m Alivia. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, in the not so distant past. My parents moved us to Homer when I was a baby. My formative years were spent wandering the forest around my home 15 miles out-of-town. We had a garden, raised chickens and sometimes pigs, and ate almost always from scratch. Moving back to Anchorage was a big change. We still ate from scratch, but the garden and chickens didn’t happen again until much later, and unfortunately the pigs never did.

I never really learned how to garden as a child. I knew a few things, like how to pull weeds, and it wasn’t until I was an adult and I moved into a house that had a garden that this changed. I had been working with a woman who also taught gardening classes. I decided to take one and it changed my life. While I had gown up with a garden, it was the traditional rows and tilling method. What I now call a Peter Rabbit garden. This was not my mama’s gardening. It changed the way I thought about gardens and life.

After I took that first gardening class, I spent the next two summers interning with my mentor, Saskia Esslinger from Teach Gardening. It slowly became my life. I transitioned from being a massage therapist to being a garden teacher, and it was the best decision I ever made. Now I get to teach my Green Thumb gardening classes, am the Organic Gardening Coordinator running a program called Yarducopia for Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), and I am the coordinator for the Spenard Community Garden.

To me, gardening is more than just growing plants for consumption. It’s connecting to the earth. Watching the way nature works, and helping it along where I can. Gardens also bring people together. The community I have gained through gardening is priceless. I now work to share my knowledge and my community with others. I want to facilitate a connection to the earth and each other in everyone.

I hope to be to continue to share the wealth of knowledge I have learned and continue to learn. Please join me on the journey.