About

Thanks for visiting my site and wanting to learn more about me.

My name is Eve Hanlin, and I’m a gardening, plant, and sustainability enthusiast.

I live on a small homestead in Northeast Battle Ground, WA. I’m a student at Clark College working on my transfer degree for OSU online, working toward my Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture.
In my own garden, I grow as many edible and useful plants as I possibly can. I forage for wild edible plants and add them to my meals. My background, at this point, does not yet include the formal institutional academic achievements (as I am still a student). However, I have many years of hands on, unique, and highly applicable educational experiences. I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to learn through jobs, hands-on experimentation, volunteering, reading, studying and practicing what I am so passionate about:

  • I’m a WSU Extension Master Gardener (I volunteer help with answer clinic booths at farmers markets, teach classes on gardening, and contribute general labor like helping raise plants for their annual fundraiser plant sale. Over 500 hours experience and counting.)
  • Certified by OSU for Permaculture Design
  • WSU Extension Growing Groceries Mentor (Certified to create and mentor in community garden spaces)
  • Growing Gardens (Portland Organization) School Garden Administrator (Certified to design, administrate and teach in school garden spaces)
  • Clark County Master Composter/Recycler
  • “Neighborwoods” Certified Vancouver, WA Street Tree Steward
  • Background in Environmental Education working for Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and Clark County Environmental Services

I have also spent a lot of time reading plant books. I am a book nerd, and I belive that you can learn anything through the words of an expert. Send me an email if you need a book recommendation for a specific botanical topic, or check out my Amazon Affiliate Bookstore.

How it all started…
My passion for these subjects began about eight years ago, reading books from the library, experimenting with growing food, and harvesting wild edible plants from my own backyard. In 2011, I took the WSU Clark County Master Gardener training program. It was an incredibly inspiring experience. The program started me on a gardening adventure. Through my time volunteering, I have been able to contribute to many wonderful projects in the Clark County area. I’ve spent time working in the Master Gardener Answer Clinic, mentoring at Community Gardens, and annually I help grow plants for the Master Gardener Fundraiser Plant Sale.
It was incredibly impacting to learn of the need for garden-based education in the Clark County, WA, area. According to a 2015 report, Oregon and Clark County has a 28% average food insecurity rate (meaning that 28% “worry always or often about where their next meal is coming from”).
Growing food isn’t an option for everybody, but education on gardening techniques and access to resources should not stop anyone. Foraging for edible plants (even from urban backyards) is another way that a diet can be improved. Through teaching, I hope to empower all ages and inspire others to grow their own food, beautify their lives, improve their health, and spend more time outdoors. This is why I offer workshops, tutoring, and other educational opportunities on introductory level gardening, foraging, and sustainability topics.
As far as the landscape design side of my business goes, it all started when a friend of mine was looking for someone to help her plan out a new garden. I helped her with plant selection, layout, design, and coached her through planting and installation. Ultimately, she ended up with a beautiful garden and I had a blast. After assisting many friends with their garden designs, I was inspired to start offering landscape design services professionally. This is my dream job; helping to green Clark County, tailoring designs to the needs of every client, and teaching others how to garden more efficiently and sustainably.
My dahlia cut flower farm started with a few tubers from a friend. After growing a few plants, I was smitten, and the numbers have been increasing ever since. I now have around 300 dahlia plants and I sell the tubers annually in my online Etsy store. I sell cut flowers and plants from the farm and at local events around Clark County periodically.

Thank you for visiting my site, I look forward to working with you.

Eve Hanlin