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.