Graduate of Harvard University in biology & art, Julie worked as a field biologist for The Nature Conservancy. She has presented illustrated lectures for nature organizations and festivals across the country and exhibited her paintings at universities, museums, galleries, and in juried shows. Illustration credits include The New Yorker, Spider, Smithsonian, Cricket and Ladybug. She has written and illustrated articles for Country Journal, Bird Watcher’s Digest, has published 30+ articles and 17 of her cover paintings since 1986. Julie’s illustrated books: The Bird-friendly Backyard, Natural Gardening for Birds, and Enjoying Bluebirds More, have sold more than half a million copies.
Manon Van Schoyck, Executive Director of the Ohio Nature Education Center. We are committed to creating an awareness of and appreciation for Ohio's natural habitat and wildlife by offering informative, entertaining and educational opportunities. Our hope is to instill in each person we meet a sense of conservation and stewardship for our natural world.
Kitty Leatham has been a Natural Foods Chef for the past 15 years. In Pittsburgh, she owned and managed an “organic-to-go deli” for 5 years called The Green Chef’s Deli. When it comes to food, cooking, gardening and nature, Kitty believes we are all connected. She graduated from Northwestern University with a major in English and Education…Teaching is her passion. Kitty is also a certified health counselor/coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Lori Swihart is the coordinator of the Licking County Master Gardener Volunteers and the Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists for The Ohio State University Extension in Licking County. She is also the Coordinator and Educator for the C-TEC PLANT Program. She will be writing the Region Report for Central Ohio for “Ohio Gardener” Magazine beginning with the May/June 2013 issue. She has worked in the horticultural industry for 22 years.
Multiply by Dividing: Propagation
Pam Saunders the owner of Perfect Scents Aromatherapy. Licensed Managing Cosmetologist for 35 years. Certified Aromatherapist. Licensed Aesthetics. Certified Relaxation Massage and Stone Massage.
Cassie Holderman D’Aula has trained directly with the author and creator of Square Foot Gardening, Mel Bartholomew. Like Mel, Cassie believes it is far better to “teach a man to fish (garden)” than to continually give handouts. When we empower individuals, we empower whole societies. And Square Foot Gardening is an empowering force, particularly for those who previously had to rely on others as a source for food. A single mother of seven children, ages 11 through 22, Cassie understands the budget-saving necessity of growing her own fruits and vegetables. Recently, Cassie has been researching toxic chemicals in everyday household products and the information has been shocking! Many common, every day products are highly toxic to children and pets and there is significant evidence that use of these products over time can lead to serious illnesses such as cancer. Cassie is thrilled to have discovered a wellness company that is committed to a healthier, safer, greener planet as an integral part of its business model. It was “green” before it was cool to be green!
Chicken & Noodle
Creamless Creamy Tomato
Caribbean Black Bean & Brown Rice
Fresh Garden Salad & Dressings
Homemade Bread & Butter
Bottled Water, Ice Tea, Sodas
The Bird-Friendly Backyard: Creating a Haven for Wildlife
This is the story of an artist’s love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Simple habitat enhancements can take a backyard from bland to bustling with wildlife. In this slide talk, artist/writer Julie Zickefoose shows how she and her husband have transformed their 80-acre abandoned farm into a wildlife sanctuary and observatory, highlighting some of their favorite bird-friendly plants along the way.
Many of Julie's books will be available for sale after mid-day. Julie will be signing purchased books from 2:45-3:30.