McNeill Mann

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Administration Director, Farm Coordinator.

 

McNeill loves growing and preserving food, raising animals, making useful crafts like soap and hand spun yarn, learning traditional woods lore, and experimenting in the kitchen with fermented foods. She believes creating things with her hands, growing and nurturing living beings, and connecting to nature’s cycles are essential to her “humanness,” and she loves sharing these skills with other people. McNeill’s love of teaching has been a strong influence in her life. She first started teaching as a teenager at her local sailing club, then studied Environmental Education in college. In the past decade she has taught hundreds of students as a wilderness instructor, a classroom teacher, and a program director at camps, schools, and teen adventure travel programs.

Several years of living in an off-the-grid homestead, as well as her experience teaching outdoor living skills gave McNeill a deep appreciation for the power and beauty of the natural world and for developing skills for living gently within an ecosystem. McNeill is thrilled to be putting her experience and and passion to work to create a balanced, restorative farming system to nourish the land, plants, animals, and people here on the farm. You’ll find McNeill in the office registering students and planning events, outside working in the gardens with the animals and teaching classes about food, plants and health. When she isn’t working or drooling over seed catalogs McNeill loves reading novels, traveling and eating, dancing with her darlin’, hanging out in the garden with her cat, writing poems, and dreaming about tropical sailing adventures. Some of her projects for this spring are to: Write more letters; Tend some bee hives; Make hand-bound art journals; And brew some wildflower mead.

B.A. Environmental Education and Writing and Literature, Prescott College, Prescott, AZ 2007
Wilderness First Responder, WMI 2006–Present
U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License, 2002

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