Peter is a lifelong student, teacher and advocate of organic farming and sustainable culture. He moved to WNC after 10 years in the company of world class seedsman and permaculture designers in New Mexico and the Garden Isle of Kauai. In 2001 he co-founded the pioneering green building firm Southeast Ecological Design. Beginning in 2008 he conceived and established Asheville’s organic-heirloom seed company, Sow True Seed. Uniting his powers of botanical inspiration with the embodiment of the divine feminine, Peter merged with Michelle in 2017 to birth their life’s greatest work, Plant and Gather Forest Farm.
For the last two decades Michelle Dixon has worked with young children, staying home with her young son and creating the five-star family child care home Nanny Nanny Poo Poo, Inc. During her time working with young children, Michelle became passionate about child-directed free play, local food, clean water and being outside. At Nanny Nanny Poo Poo children were often barefoot, working with mud, deep in concentration. The outdoor learning environment grew blueberries, grapes, mints and herbs. A community garden was started next door where the children visited daily. Several times a week Michelle could be seen leading a crew of five preschoolers through the woods, across the street, to the Botanical Gardens. The family style meals were organic and often local thanks to their CSA produce box. Spring water was always on tap and accessible. Nanny Nanny Poo Poo was a model family child care home, receiving many accolades. Michelle was awarded Preschool Teacher of the Year in 2006. Now retired from preschool teaching Michelle is excited to create a new outdoor learning environment for all ages.