Cheese Maker, Teas, Campfire Cooking
As a child Rachel often camped, hunted, trapped, and harvested and preserved foods with her family. Through years of practice, she has learned to gather, process, produce, and preserve a large proportion of the foods, medicines, and household products that they need. Friends fondly refer to her as The Mushroom Lady for her knowledge of wild mushrooms and mushroom cultivation. She is also known for her herbal teas and her culinary skills, receiving recognition for her dishes in several wild foods Cooking Contests.
Rachel is a lifelong student of the environment and primitive skills, with a special interest in understanding why nature creates those characteristics that give plants and animals their unique and useful qualities. She has her BS in Environmental Biology and her MS in Ecology. She has worked as field biologist and ecologist throughout the Eastern U.S., and is a lecturer at the University of Michigan- Dearborn. She has been teaching for over 15 years and has spent considerable time working with students in the classroom, in the woods, and on-line. She is a strong believe in student-centered learning and will adapt her teaching methods to accommodate the audience and the situation.Will Forage for Food