Jill Jakimetz brings her food world experience as a farmer, baker, administrator, and educator together with her research world experience in ecocriticism, art, landscape architecture, environmental policy, and geography. She holds a BA and MA in environmental studies from Bates College and the University of Oregon. Her invaluable agricultural training began with two years as a MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) apprentice and continued with work at a few farms, including Wintergreen Farm in Oregon. Jill's year as a Fulbright Fellow to the European Union gave her insight into the beginnings of public policy support for "high-nature value farming" in Ireland and other forms of "multifunctional agriculture" in the Netherlands and across the EU. Jill is currently training to become a certified forest therapy guide, an approach that she adapts to help open ways for people to experience farms, soil, self, and nature in a new way.