Russell is Associate Editor of Mother Earth News and Managing Editor of Heirloom Gardener. He might best be described as an adventurer-gardener, treading a fine line between putting down roots and being a rolling stone.
Russell has braved flash floods while guiding deep in the Gila Mountains of New Mexico, navigated rapids on the rivers of North Carolina and Tennessee, sailed through lightning storms in the Gulf of Mexico, met incredible strangers as he hitchhiked halfway across America, and volunteered on organic farms in France. A personal challenge to eat completely within a 25-mile radius of his home for an entire month (and the difficulties that came with it) led him to serve on the Douglas County Food Policy Council. During his time on this council, they were successful in making healthy, locally-grown food more accessible by creating and advocating policy changes that made it possible for county residents to transform their front lawns into gardens, raise small livestock and bees within the city limits, and sell produce from their home. These experiences instilled in him a deep appreciation for the natural world as well as a sense of stewardship for his community.
Projects and Positions: Russell is currently serving as a board member for the Kansas Permaculture Institute, after previously serving as a representative for the Douglas County Food Policy Council. He is in the process of designing and building a tiny home on wheels with his significant other, Mary Beth, so that they can park their home on 10 beautiful acres and get to work on creating a small market garden with a focus on heirloom cultivars and permaculture design principles.
Other Fun Facts: Russell enjoys creating nature-inspired (and often living) sculptures out of natural and sustainable materials. He also hand-carves wooden spoons and has a particular appreciation for dill pickles (or any tangy ferment for that matter).