Hi, I'm Kareen.

Food Grower, Permaculture Educator, Garden Designer, Soil-Builder.

I help people in cold climates grow their own food so they can eat healthier, live more sustainably and be more self-reliant.

Hi, I'm Kareen.

Homesteader, Permaculture Educator, Food Grower, Garden Designer, Soil-Builder.

I help people in cold climates grow their own food so they can eat healthier, live more sustainably and be more self-reliant.

It’s my mission to get as many people as possible building a resilient life that enables them to not only feed their families safe and healthy food but live their values and connect to their community.


If this sounds like you, then you’re in the right place.


Not only do I work with clients to design integrated edible landscapes through my Resilient Homestead Program and design services. I also work with beginner and seasoned gardeners through 1: 1 customized consultation packages.

At the same time, I’m building my family’s self-reliance, on our ¾ acre suburban homestead in Bozeman, Montana. With a greenhouse, large annual gardens, a food forest of fruit trees and berry bushes and a flock of chickens, we manage to grow a good portion of our own food, even with our short and unpredictable growing season. 

From a young age, I loved wild animals and was deeply concerned about environmental issues. I raged at the greed and shortsightedness of those who didn’t see the beauty and importance of our natural world.

In my early twenties, that outrage and idealism got me involved in social justice issues. I traveled to Latin America, spent a year as a human rights observer in Guatemala, and came back from that experience wanting to ‘change the world’. I had seen how our consumer way of life was dramatically affecting not only our planet but people in the developing world.

So, rather than dwelling on the problems, I began looking for solutions and found permaculture. I was immediately hooked by this concept and the solutions it had to offer. 

 In permaculture, there is a saying,

“All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden.”

Indeed, I have found over my years of gardening that this simple statement has some truth to it. On a personal level, the ability to grow food and create something with our own hands is a powerful act. The opportunity to get outside every day and connect with our natural world is a calming force. Climate change, a pandemic, food shortages, topsoil loss, wildfires – these are unsettling and challenging times.


Sometimes it’s hard to feel hopeful about the future. 

More and more, we need to get back to the basics. Learning how to grow our own food is one of the most positive steps forward at this time. 

Not only are you setting up your food security and reclaiming your health but this lifestyle allows you to contribute something positive to your community. Rather than feeling helpless and fearful about the future, you feel like you are living part of the solution.

With the fresh food that I grow on our homestead each season, my confidence builds that, together, we can solve some of the most pressing problems by living simpler and healthier.

I envision a world where community is created around growing food, where we value our farmers, where the natural world thrives, and where ‘progress’ in our society is measured by how we contribute in a meaningful way to the world.