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Nigel is a lifelong gardener who relies on the amazing complexity of nature to inspire his gardening philosophy. After a realization that growing nutrient-dense food was the families new health program, he dove into reading and exploring materials that could teach him the wisdom that indigenous people's have relied on for millennia--working WITH nature's processes to harness the power of free, local resources to grow delicious, nutritious food. 

He is the instructor and curriculum developer for the gardening portion of the year-long holistic health education program at "The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition," a school founded and directed by his wife, Joan Palmer, an educator, nutritionist, herbalist and gardener.


Thirty six years was spent as an aerospace engineer sorting, organizing, and resolving complex technical issues while raising a family with his wife.


When not watching his garlic grow, he enjoys telemark skiing up and down mountains, paddling with bears, and the keeping of bees.


The path to a more organic, self-sustained lifestyle is a journey that starts with small, manageable steps, and leads us down a path which introduces us to good friends, great insights, and a network with partners and collaborators.  Here are some of the friends and resources that have been part of our delightful and fortunate journey.

Joan Palmer

Founder and Director of the The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition.

This is the school which has propelled my journey to understanding the deeper science behind it all. TIOSN integrates traditional food wisdom with the science of nutrition creating an innovative model of holistic health education.

Classes infuse the hands-on components of sustainable, regenerative gardening, culinary skills, kitchen medicine, and sustainable foraging with the science of nutrition to skillfully weave together the relationship between soil health, human health, and environmental sustainability.

I am proud to collaborate with this team of experts in the areas of nutrition, kitchen medicine, herbs and herbal remedies, culinary skills and foraging.

John Kempf

Entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host and teacher. Author of “Quality Agriculture”.

I met John at Acres USA over a decade ago. His teaching sent me into the stratosphere. It took me years to get my feet back on the ground. Our conversations continue to inspire new ideas and directions.

Bryan O’Hara

Farmer at Tobacco Road Farm, Lebanon Connecticut. Author of "No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture” If you would like to contact Bryan you may want to write him a letter.

Tobacco Road Farm,

373 Tobacco Street,

Lebanon, Connecticut 06249

Bryan was named Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Farmer of the Year in 2016. His ability to incorporate regenerative and no-till farming concepts into practice are both innovative and productive. He has established a continually improving gold standard in regenerative farming.

Huw Richards

An author and educator, Huw and I collaborated on the sharing of information to help fellow farmers and growers.

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