Owner & Instructor
Greg started Forest Folk to encourage safe and fun connection with the nonhuman world. He grew up playing in the woods of Putnam County, NY. From 2007-2016, he volunteered at a sustainable culture center in Japan run by Yoshinori Hiraga, whose booklet he translated (The Great Succession: Japanese Way of the Forest). After returning to the U.S., he became an instructor at Queens Botanical Garden and took gardening courses at New York Botanical Garden, before working as a STEM educator at Groundwork Hudson Valley. He studied sustainable food systems for a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Education (Hamline University), and the benefits of nature experience for an MA in Psychology at Queens College, where he now lectures. He is also a Steering Committee member and garden manager for the sustainability initiative Roots & Wings. He has certificates in Nature Education, Wilderness Skills & Mentoring, Terrestrial Plant ID, Medicinal Plants, Wild Mushroom Food Safety, Permaculture Design, Green Infrastructure (CWC), Adult & Pediatric CPR/AED, Anaphylaxis & Epinephrine Auto-Injector, Water Safety, and Youth Mental Health First Aid. He is passionate about food sovereignty, foraging, and edible landscapes. If you have any questions about Forest Folk, please write to Greg at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Iris Hiskey