I have a BA in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a PhD in Biomedical Science from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. I had a career in biological and medical research prior to getting back to my roots as an environmentalist. For 13 years, I worked to restore our local coastal wetlands and other habitats with the Orange County Conservation Corps. I finally retired from that job in the fall of 2016.
I remain an active environmentalist, and an avid gardener. I’m passionate about my photography and love to cook what I grow. After reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” I converted our small urban yard (6,500 sq ft yard with house, driveway and sidewalk occupying most of that space) to organic food production. That conversion began in 2007. I planted a mini orchard, and added chickens in 2010. I continue to grow as much of our own food as I am able, and seek out locally grown foods for the rest. This blog recounts my battles to do so in a world that is rapidly changing due to global warming.
I live in Orange County, California with my husband Vic Leipzig (shown here with our shy twin granddaughters when they were much younger). He has a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, and a PhD in biology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where we met. He is now retired from teaching biology to undergrads, but still teaches birding to senior citizens at Saddleback College. He was president of Sea and Sage Audubon, and is on the state board of Audubon California. We both do what we can with our time on Earth to save this planet, its habitats, and the wildlife that depends upon those habitats.
updated 1 Nov 2019