As a life-long canner, city homesteader and a graduate of the Master Food Preserver Program, Theresa is passionate about taking the garden full circle – from seed, to table, to pantry. She shows viewers how to capture seasonal, fresh-picked flavor with style and shares the science behind the techniques. She is an award-winning garden writer for television, print media and video and one of the founding producers of our series.
Theresa is also the founder of Living Homegrown – a website for aspiring foodcrafters and foodie gardeners wanting a farm-fresh lifestyle without having to buy the farm. Through her LivingHomegrown blog, interviews and comprehensive online canning courses, she helps people experience the journey of their homegrown food and maintain a more sustainable kitchen.
Theresa studied both sustainable horticulture and professional culinary arts at UCLA and holds a BS degree in Engineering. She currently feeds her family of four on only 1/10th of an acre in the heart of Los Angeles. She uses this space to raise chickens, organic produce and her two teenage sons (not necessarily in that order!). She also manages her family’s 1892 farmstead where they are currently restoring an heirloom orchard and preserving the harvest of vintage apples, pears, plums, stone fruit and berries.
Specializing in city homesteading, small-space gardening, educational school gardens and preserving the harvest, Theresa is all about gardening and eating sustainably.