One of my first loves was gardening and I became the youngest member of the National Herb Society at the tender age of 13. My love of gardening became dormant as I lived in cites while I developed my art and then taught painting and drawing at the University of Iowa. 15 years ago I moved with my husband Mike Chesla and our infant daughter Tara to Newburyport, where I felt a profound spiritual connection to its land, its history, and its people. Fast forward--through a degree in Counseling Psychology, lots of sweat equity in restoring our 18th century home, the birth of our second daughter Isabel (Izzy) and becoming an environmental artist--to the year 2008 when as director of First Parish Church of Newbury's new environmental mission, I started the New Eden Collaborative, an experiment in creating earth friendly, sustainable community. One of the first New Eden partners with First Parish were Russ and Bonnie who sought to make the church the distribution site for GNCSA. Out of our collaboration came a dear friendship and the opportunity for me to continue the GNCSA. I will also keep up the tradition of GNCSA as a family affair. My husband, Mike, is the new web master and business manager and my teenage daughters Tara and Izzy will be helping me during share distribution and helping grow much of GNCSA’s organic vegetables at New Harmony Farm.