Bernard Cook

Youth & Adult Mentor

Bernard’s goal in life is to be a peasant farmer-hunter-gatherer. For better or for worse, this has been his singular focus for the better part of the last decade. Foraging wild plants for food and medicine, forest management, gardening, permaculture, animal husbandry, woodscraft, primitive skills, food preservation… These rich and infinitely nuanced topics are his passion. He has had the opportunity to work and study on a variety of different farms, including the Tillers International organization in Michigan, and learn extensively from farmer-hunter-gatherers from Southeast Asia and Africa. The education is tremendous and luckily, never-ending.

 The difference between a weed and an herb is knowledge. Waste not, want not. Be your own hero. Seek and you shall find.