Tammy Kimbler, Food Preservationist and Creative Agriculturalist
Occupation: Blogger at One Tomato, Two Tomato; Executive Producer at Pixel Farm
Place of Residence: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Background and Personal History: Tammy grew up on a farm in far northern California, north of majestic Mt. Shasta. She learned canning and pickling from her mother and great-grandmother at an early age; she learned how to care for livestock and plants from her dad.
Educated at University of California, Santa Cruz, and California Institute of the Arts, Tammy’s professional experience is as an Executive Producer, managing advertising, marketing and promotional companies in design and animation.
After a long stint in Los Angeles, she moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 2001, just as the area food movement was blossoming. Since then, the upper Midwest has seen a boom in urban agriculture, cottage industry, community-supported agriculture, community gardens, farmers markets, microbreweries/distilleries, sustainable land management and local farm to table food systems.
Influenced by her farmer/ag teacher dad and artist/preserver/art teacher mother, Tammy’s feet are firmly rooted in both worlds, with her head in creative media, her heart in food and her hands in the dirt. A cultivator at heart, her passions lie with food preservation, gardening and connecting to her local community through blogging, food and urban agriculture. Tammy grows, forages, cans, dries, pickles, ferments, brews, ages, cooks and eats from her garden, backyard, roadsides, hillsides and local farms. She eats well and loves to feed others as often as possible.
Tammy’s mission is to share what she knows about food from the perspective of a homemade and do-it-yourself lifestyle. There are so many foods we consume that we leave up to corporate production that can easily (or with a little instruction/knowledge) be done at home. This has a huge impact on our heath, our environment, our local community and, often, our pocketbooks. She’s here to demystify many food processes and show how easy, accessible, healthful and delicious gaining control of your personal food system can be.
Current Projects: Tammy’s current projects includes preserving, canning, drying and making wine from her huge tomato crop (from her three community gardens). She’s also in the process of building a backyard chicken coop, foraging for acorns and bottling her first open-air wild-fermented beer.
Other Fun Facts: Tammy is a member of the Minnesota Mycological Society (mushroom hunters) and Fortify: A Food Community (Midwest food bloggers). If you ever join her on a cross-country drive or just a walk, plan to have every edible plant pointed out, described and possibly eaten. She can spy a wild mulberry tree at a hundred yards.
More Places to Find Tammy on the Web:
One Tomato, Two Tomato blog