Our Mission is to counteract the overwhelming negative impact of industrial agriculture on the health of our planet and its inhabitants, by acting in our own community. 

We grow, teach, design, share skills and facilitate growing food at home and in our community.

As we learn, we evolve. We have come to embrace regenerative principles, while we continue to learn and implement them into our lives and work. It's an ongoing journey.


Our passion is the natural world.  We believe growing food and habitat deepens our connection to all life and drastically reduces our negative impacts. We are all part of the natural world.  We should act like it. 

Besides, it's fun to get dirty.

Kelley Burnham is founder of Biota's plant nursery (formerly Kelley's and Arti's Plants), a permaculture advocate, designer, and experimental gardener. She continues to learn, and her latest interest is soils and soil life. Outside of the garden, she's in love with mountain biking, cooking from the garden and playing outside. 


Marian Woodard is founder of Rodgers Ranch Teaching Gardens, an enthusiastic and skilled instructor, master gardener, and urban farmer. She loves to learn and share her knowledge. When not immersed in the garden, she enjoys good food (from the garden, of course), wine, travel, and hiking the mountains.

Maya oversees our spring seeding operation in between petting and playing sessions. Sometimes she lets us work. Mostly she reminds us that work is silly. She lives somewhere in the neighborhood and shows up on time every seeding day. She naps in the catmint and is generally adorable.

"Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple." – Bill Mollison