Susan is an ethnobotanist and passionate defender of biodiversity. Over the past 20 years, Susan has worked extensively with indigenous peoples in Peru and Costa Rica. She is the Executive Director of United Plant Savers [www.unitedplantsavers.org] and Director of the Sacred Seeds Project. Prior to working at United Plant Savers she was a rare botanical book librarian at the Oak Spring Garden Library, specializing in digitizing rare herbals and botanical travel manuscripts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Botanical Dimensions and the Center for Sustainable Economy. She is an advisory board member of ABC and a co-founder of the Medicines from the Edge conference in Costa Rica. She is a proud member of the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia. She lives on and manages a productive farm with her three children in Virginia, where she raises goats, peacocks and herbs. She is an avid recreational tree climber, in love with the canopy just as much as the herbs of the forest floor.