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Nicole is from Upstate New York, where she grew up between forests and her mother and grandmother's gardens. She holds a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University, and a Masters' from San Jose State University in Natural Science. From 1999 to 2003 she worked as Program Manager for the Log Cabin Ranch native plant nursery and organic gardens in La Honda, a vocational rehabilitation program for incarcerated youth. She then joined the Science department faculty at Notre Dame High School, Belmont from 2004-2006, where she developed and launched an innovative environmental stewardship class as part of her MA project. While in California, Nicole also worked with the Association of Bay Area Governments, San Mateo County Audubon Society, and served on the Board of Directors of the San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center from 1998-2002. Since 2006, in México, she has continued environmental work as a community environmental educator, field biologist, and is currently an environmental education program and training specialist for Peace Corps México. Nicole also has a passion for photography, illustration and writing. In 2009 she wrote and illustrated The Bajio´s Bounty: Home Cooking from the Querétaro, México Region. From 2011-2013 she wrote and published Amor and Exile: True Stories Across America's Borders with coauthor journalist Nathaniel Hoffman. For a list of Nicole's other publications and press appearances, click here.

Native of Queretaro, Mexico, Margo has had a strong connection with the earth since childhood, as a result of his labors alongside his father, producer of maize and dairy cows for over 65 years. As aresult of nearly two decades of experience as a tradesman, Margo is now a builder proficient in a number of design, construction, and maintenance services. His specialties include electical, plumbing, welding, kitchens, bathrooms, and fine carpentry.

 

Both Nicole and Margo and their daughter are committed to environmental conservation. When they built their home, they reforested their land with over a dozen native trees. They put the vast majority of their waste to reuse via small animal husbandry, organic gardening, and materials recycling. They also reutilize their greywater for a small orchard, collect rainwater, avoid the use of toxics, and utilize drought-tolerants for landscaping. They hope these pages will inspire you with Earth-friendly practices for your home.