Amy was raised in Longmont, but it wasn’t until she left and thencame back that she truly appreciated its unique history and ecology. During eight years on the east coast, she studied cultural anthropology at Middlebury College, helped manage two organic farms, assisted in founding an urban ecovillage, and indulged a love of American history by working as a docent at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. After returning to Colorado, she spent three years honing her native and perennial plant knowledge by working at Harlequin’s Gardens and with Boulder County Parks and Open Space. Amy received her Permaculture Design Certification in 2018 and went on to found Left Hand Landscaping, a permaculture based landscaping company, with Harlequins colleague Kerstin Hoesel. Amy is committed to permaculture education and exploring the intersection of ecological restoration and food production.
Living Craft was created to address the need for truly sustainable construction company for homeowners and businesses in the Front Range of Colorado. Our values of LOCAL, HEALTHY, and LOW-IMPACT are important to us, and we try to honor them in all aspects of our process.
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Planting Specialist, All-women crew
Shelly is passionate about reconnecting people to the medicine of their own piece of land no matter what the size. Inspired by the work of Irish landscape designer Mary Reynolds, Shelly has a deep connection to her mission to teach people how to heal and sustain themselves in their own backyard, while enjoying the earth’s magic in the process. She grew up in Rhode Island with a family of oyster farmers, horticulturalists, hunters and nurses and she has always been fascinated with wild foods, fishing, herbal medicine, and gardening. She has a degree in Ethnomusicology, studying agrarian celebrations in Peru and also has a Masters degree in Environmental Leadership focusing on Fair Trade Economics from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado. Her offerings dive deeper than garden aesthetics and she loves to collaborate with local herbalists to design and install medicinal gardens for people so they can make their own herbal folk remedies. She owns Sun Cat Gardening and manages an all-women gardening crew, who collaborate regularly with the United Ecology team on planting projects. Her crew of Sun Kitties are what help her company thrive and she loves to bring her diverse skills to projects that heal the earth.
Botanist, Field Ecologist, Riparian & Wetland Specialist
Raised in the woods of rural Wisconsin, Tara Rae now spends most of her time on the Front Range of Colorado practicing resilient and regenerative living. She is passionate about forest gardening, backyard herbalism, frugality, and is a wild food enthusiast. Over the last 20 years, Tara Rae has worked in varying fields of biology, agronomy, and environmental science including laboratories, nature centers, farms, deserts, and jungles. Her skills include botanical surveys, habitat analysis, bird surveys, wetland delineations and permitting, soil and water quality sampling and analysis, and National Environmental Policy Act analysis and documentation. She is a Certified Permaculture Teacher and Designer educating new clients and students on permaculture, gardening, and urban farming. She has managed several greenhouses, as well as organic and permaculture farms with experience across 3 climate zones. She holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Ecology, and is a Certified Ecologist. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to the City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality.