School Trip in Forest

Meet Our Guides

A collective of expert foragers, herbalists, chefs, naturalists & Earth stewards.

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Cara-Lee Langston, M.S.

Founder, Program Director, Lead Guide

Cara-Lee Langston is a South African-born nutritionist, herbalist, wellness cook, forager, grower, and educator.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University, a Certificate in Medical Herbalism from the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Cara is a Certified Wild Mushroom Food Safety Specialist through Mushroom Mountain and is trained in Wilderness First Aid and CPR through SOLO Southeast. Cara is passionate about building relationships with other growers and wildcrafters, engaging community interest in integrative health and wellness, and promoting stewardship through local food and foraging - particularly among the younger generation. Based in the Northeast Georgia Mountains, Cara offers food and nature-based experiences for all ages through

Wildcraft Kitchen.

Email Cara-Lee at wildcraftkitchenga@gmail.com

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Hannah Jackson

Naturalist, Herbalist, Appalachian Studies

Hannah Jackson lives on a 16 acre homestead with her husband, two young daughters, and their goats in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. She tends to and preserves the many native plants that grow on their property. She has been studying medicinal and edible plants since she was a young teen growing up in Rabun County.

She is an avid farmer, herbalist, and traditional & wild foods crafter.
Hannah also has her own business, Fox and Feather Apothecary, where she makes natural
products for her community, selling at the Clayton Farmers Market in Rabun County, GA as well as at The General Store in Tallulah Falls, GA.

Over the years, Hannah has offered culinary and medicinal demonstrations and plant walks at Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center. She is also a guest instructor for Wildcraft Summer Camp!

In her free time Hannah enjoys furthering her education in sustainable living at Organic Growers School in North Carolina and attending primitive Earthskills Gatherings in the Southeast. She hopes to inspire and teach others to be stewards of their land and uphold the heritage of the Appalachian region.


Email Hannah at Hannah.maej5@gmail.com

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Joey Kyle

Certified Permaculture Designer & Wild Mushroom Harvester

Joey Kyle is the Farm Manager at Many Hands Peace Farm as part of The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center. He helps manage a diverse veggie garden, food forest, and flock of chickens and ducks. He teaches classes on wild plant and mushroom identification, sells produce at the Highlands and Cashiers farmers markets, and helps put on Forest to Table Dinners featuring wild and farm-fresh produce.

 

Joey also runs a Farm Camp program for youth and teaches other summer campers organic gardening techniques.

 

He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Southwestern University and is a certified wild mushroom picker, permaculture designer, and pickle maker.

Email Joey at joey.kyle@themountainrlc.org

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Patricia Kyritsi Howell, RH (AHG)

Registered Herbalist, Founder & Director BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies

Patricia Kyritsi Howell is a clinical herbalist, teacher, and author of Medicinal Plants of the Southern Appalachians, one of the foremost resources on the topic of regional native plant medicines. She has more than 30 years of experience as a clinical herbalist and teacher, and is the founder and director of the BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies, Georgia's premier school for herbal studies since 1994.

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Visit Patricia's website

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Angela-Faye Martin

Naturalist, Musician, Owner

Alarka Expeditions

Angela Faye Martin is a singer-songwriter, artist, and naturalist, and has worked for The Wilderness Society, Georgia Forestwatch, Armuchee Alliance, and the Pacific Rivers Council. She has written and produced three albums - One Dark Vine, Anniversary, and Pictures from Home, which was produced by Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse fame.  She recently wrote and narrated the documentary, The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse, which is currently screening internationally at various film festivals and in the US and will be released for distribution in 2019.

Email Angela at alarkaexpeditions@gmail.com

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Eric Pitts

Certified Wild Mushroom Forager & Chef

Eric Pitts is a chef in Rabun County, GA where he focuses on bringing the local food from the mountains together with a wide variety of flavors.  Since moving to Northeast Georgia, Eric has gained valuable experience working at Fortify Kitchen + Bar, Waterfall Club, Rabun Manor, and Grapes and Beans. Eric has taught cooking classes for children at the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Teaching Kitchen and was a finalist in the Northeast Georgia Chef Throwdown.

In 2017, Eric completed a wild mushroom food safety certification through Mushroom Mountain with the intention to expand his culinary knowledge in wild food as well as to learn more about the amazing natural resources that are available in the area. Chef Eric currently offers personal chef and private guiding services.

Eric is also a guest instructor for Wildcraft Summer Camp for kids at Foxfire.

Email Eric at epitts09@gmail.com

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Carrie Radcliffe Brod, M.S.

Conservation Biologist

Carrie Radcliffe earned her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Georgia studying conservation horticulture and plant biology. She works for the Conservation & Research Department of Atlanta Botanical Garden managing collaborative habitat restoration and safeguarding projects, on behalf of the Garden’s Southeastern Center for Conservation and the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance. Carrie serves as the Mountain Bog Safeguarding Coordinator for GPCA, the Chair for Southern Blue Ridge Bog Learning Network, and a steering committee member for the Piedmont Prairie Partnership. She coordinated the 2016 & 2020 Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation conferences, is Co-chair & Coordinator for the Southeastern Plant Conservation Alliance, and was named Conservation Partnerships Manager in 2022.

In addition to working as a professional conservation ecologist, Carrie is a trained Herbalist. She studied and helped teach courses on medicinal plants and ethnobotany during her time at UGA and completed the medical herbalism program with BotanoLogos School of Herbal Studies in 2013, along with several other classes with Patricia Kyritsi Howell and workshops with Phyllis D. Light and Matthew Wood. At this time, she is pursuing opportunities to integrate conservation of culturally significant plants into regional projects with through the Southeastern Center for Conservation at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Carrie has lived in Rabun County, Georgia since 2010, serves as a leader and environmental educator for local Scout groups, is an avid outdoorswoman, and is passionate about inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders & scientists.

Email Carrie at cradcliffe@atlantabg.org

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