Nourishing Biography

Elizabeth Maria is a food justice advocate and is currently working with Rustic Roots Sanctuary, a permaculture community farm whose mission it is to create access to fresh, organic, locally grown food in Opportunity/Promise zones. Elizabeth Maria is a board member and is helping develop Rustic Roots’ women’s wellness programming.

My Food Journey

I am passionate about natural foods, holistic health, and herbology. I started my food journey in my preteens when I became vegetarian. After living off cheese pizza and sandwiches for several years, I began to expand my knowledge of whole foods and vegetarianism.  When I was twenty-one, I read the book Back to Eden by Jethro Kloss. The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies changed my life. I learned that food was not just for energy but also a healing force and the number one way individuals can control their health.

Since then, I’ve independently studied the benefits of natural foods and herbal remedies and believe the way forward includes small-scale agricultural initiatives and herbal apothecaries. I believe mind, body, and spirit wholeness stems from whole foods and holistic health…after all, we are what we eat.

Elizabeth and Janett Lewis, Founder and CEO of Rustic Roots Sanctuary
lets pick some fresh veggies for lunch! Rustic Roots Sanctuary 2020

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