Name: Crystal Stevens, Missouri Forest Alliance Co-founder
Occupation: Farmer, Writer, Artist, Mother, Wife
Place of Residence: Godfrey, Ill.
Background and Personal History: Crystal
Stevens was born in Denver, Colo. She became vegetarian at age 13 and started
cooking using organic and natural ingredients the same year. Crystal traveled the United States in the summers during
her high school years with the help and loving support of her parents. She was inspired by her Eco-Act Instructors
and her journalism instructor. Crystal and
her best friend, Colleen, journeyed on a summer-long adventure to the beautiful
western United States,
where she knew she had to make an impact on others regarding the devastating rate wilderness is disappearing.
Crystal cofounded the Missouri Forest Alliance
with her friend and long-time environmental activist, Jim Scheff. She worked as a teacher assistant,
integrating art and nature into the curriculum where she could. In her free time, Crystal travels, creates art,
does yoga and a cooks a lot. She completed the Master Materia Medica Program
College of Herbal
Studies. In 2004, Crystal became a Licensed Massage
Therapist and worked for a non-profit organization, Living By Design, treating
low-income patients with incurable diseases where she gave Nutritional
Counseling, Massage and Alternative Energy Work.
Crystal is married to Wood Block Artist, Eric
Stevens (www.EricStevens-Designs). Eric is also the Executive Farmer at La Vista
CSA Farm (www.LaVistaCSA.org). Crystal is the assistant head-farmer at La Vista CSA Farm where she manages the greenhouse, designs
and updates the website, writes for the newsletter and handles communication
between shareholders and the farm. She
has found most of her inspiration from her husband and children and in the
beauty of the Natural World. Having grown up in the city, Crystal
finds it refreshing and rejuvenating to live on a protected plot of land on the
beautiful bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi,
a major life vein of Mother Earth. She
hosts Luna Circles with the phases of the moon, where women gather to release,
renew, and inspire each other around the fire through song, dance and
story. Crystal is most drawn to
documenting her life on the farm through journal entries, photography, and
illustrations. She feels that the creative process of the mind, heart and spirit is a vital element to the
human experience. She loves to integrate
art and creativity into all of her endeavors: relationships, mothering, farming,
writing and cooking; and believes that creativity is essential to happiness.
Crystal is working on a book titled
Grow…Create…Inspire. She writes the weekly
newsletter for La Vista CSA Farm, and is co-illustrating a book
with Eric Stevens, written by their friend Kelley Johnson-Powers. The book is titled Semore the
Bird Tells All that He Heard.
Other Fun Facts: Crystal's passions include: art, photography, all
aspects of nature, food as medicine, medicinal herbs, gardening and farming, cooking with whole foods we grow ourselves, creating value-added products, traveling, hiking, canoeing, camping, and consistently being an advocate and a voice for Mother Earth.
More Places to Find
Me on the Web: www.LaVistaCSA.org