Alicia loves art and design, natural landscapes, finding wild edible and medicinal plants, while walking around the Potomac river valley and Appalachia. Over the past ten years, she has had multiple farming jobs and internships all on small scale, diverse, organic sustainable farms and attended the Stone Soup Institute in Maine. Through those experiences, she learned about holistic grazing, draft powered logging, animal husbandry, seed saving, plant and tree I.D. and got to dabble in agrarian arts; such as fiber arts, food preservation, metal working and wood working. In 2016, she earned her certificate for the REX10: a ten day intensive course on regenerative land management taught by Regrarians Darren J. Doherty. She is passionate about our Appalachian landscape and is committed to healing the land through the work she does every day. She is able to bring a lot of knowledge to the Sustainable Solutions team, and is excited to learn even more through this experience!
Katelyn graduated from Shepherd University in 2014 with a B.S. degree in biology. She then went on to complete a M.S. degree in biology with a focus on forest ecology at James Madison University. After graduation, Katelyn took a forestry technician internship with the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the Southeastern Louisiana Refuge Complex. During her time in Louisiana, she became a certified Type II Wild-land Firefighter and was able to work on both prescribed burns and wildfires. Upon completion of her internship, Katelyn moved back home to Shepherdstown and joined the Sustainable Solutions team! When not at work, she enjoys spending time at home with her three dogs exploring the woods surrounding her family's property on the Potomac River. Katelyn is an aspiring farmer, hoping to restart her great-granddaddy's farm, utilizing organic and sustainable management practices. Sustainable values her knowledge of fire and ecology and is excited to use her on the field!