As part of a philosophical quest to understand the basic work that sustains us, Andrew decided to visit and work on a few farms during his college years. This turned into a multi-year journey across North America, in which he worked on over 100 farms. By the time he settled in Yellow Springs, he had developed a deep love of nature, a knowledge of horticulture, and a desire to live simply with a cooperative group of people that grew food to meet their own needs and the needs of the
Nicole, Co- Director
Nicole Manieri lives with her family at Heartbeat Learning Gardens, and is dedicated to liberatory arts and education. As a freelance reviewer for West Chester Educational Services, she critiques K-12 curriculum through a Culturally Responsive-Sustaining lens. She studies Southern Italian healing drum and dance, and is a teacher-in-training for the First Southern Italian Musical Folkloric Institute. She leads seasonal classes on herb growing and crafting, and community drum and song. She received her Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology, and received her Holistic Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC. For the last 12 years she has dedicated herself to being inside of peer-support circles for dismantling internalized oppression, and liberating authentic, embodied, co-healing relationships with self, other, and place. She is a Cantastoria, beginner bee-tender, and committed to a practice in the healing intersection of personal, social, and ecological justice.