Crystal Stevens and her husband, Eric, co-managed La Vista CSA Farm from 2010-2016. They now work at EarthDance Organic Farm School. They currently reside on a permaculture inspired farm, Thrive Forest & Field, in the Piasa Hills along the Mississippi River. They host a Resilient Living Workshop Series with topics ranging from Permaculture, Vermiculture, Medicinal Herbs, Home Apothecary, Seed Saving, Composting, Healthy Cooking, Food as Medicine, Ethical Foraging, Gardening 101, Gardening with Children, Cooking with Kids, Mushroom Inoculation, Maple Sugaring, Natural Household Cleaners, Fermentation 101, Botanical Illustration, Nature Journaling and more. Crystal is an herbalist and gives seasonal plant medicine workshops, plant walks and foraging workshops through Dabble and through their resilient living workshop series. Crystal speaks and presents at the Mother Earth News Fairs and conferences around the country. Crystal organized the Confluence Herbal Summit, one of the first herbal medicine conferences in the St. Louis area. Crystal hosts women’s gatherings during the equinox and solstice. Crystal is also an Art Teacher for elementary and middle school children, integrating botanical illustration, mixed media collage, nature-inspired art and still life drawing. She teaches Art and Garden Summer Camps for kids. Crystal’s book, Grow Create Inspire was released in the Fall of 2016 under New Society Publishers. Her second book, Worms at Work will be released spring of 2017. Crystal is also working on a Seasonal Eating Cookbook which covers homegrown produce and ethically foraged ingredients. In addition to blogging for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, Crystal contributes to Permaculture Magazine, Grit magazine, The Healthy Planet Magazine and FEAST magazine. She also writes for Overgrow the System. Crystal has co-illustrated a book with Eric Stevens, written by their friend Kelley Johnson-Powers titled Semore the Bird Tells All that He Heard. They are working on several more Children’s Books together. She has also illustrated two other children’s books. Follow their journey at Grow Create Inspire.com
They have taught/co-taught at the Missouri Organic Association Conference, the Green Homes Festival, Earth Dance Farms, La Vista Farm, The Ecological Learning Center, The Nature Institute, The Kitchen Conservatory, The Missouri Botanical Garden, Gateway Greening Food Summit, Grassroots Grocery, and through Dabble STL, the St. Louis Public Schools, Girl Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, as well as schools in the Alton area.
Several workshops are scheduled throughout the year in and around the St. Louis area. Workshops may also be booked for private events, conventions, retreats, conferences, etc...
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