Cara Cummings


My garden is the most important part of my living space--wherever that may be. Right now that is in Southeast Michigan. I just moved into this garden (with a sweet little green house attached to it), late summer 2018. So I am in the midst of my first growing season, and I’m learning a lot about my space.

I first landed in the Midwest In 2012 when I arrived in Champaign, Illinois where I immersed myself in the local food scene, volunteering at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign, frequenting the Urbana Farmers’ Market, joining the Slow Food Champaign-Urbana board, becoming an owner of the Common Ground Food Co-op and working as the executive director at The Land Connection,  were I had the opportunity to start the Champaign Farmers’ Market, an incentive program, and to work with farmers to start their farm businesses.

But before I became a Midwesterner (can I say that after 8 years?)...I grew up in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California, in a community of inspired people who often came together to cook, eat, and make art.  After completing a degree in biology–which is also where my passion for botanical painting came from–I ran a website design business, raised two daughters, and completed a Master’s degree in environmental science and policy at Columbia University.


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