03 Jan Elise Higley
Elise Higley is an 8th generation native Californios and mother of three. She, her husband Jeff and family moved to Oregon in 2011 looking for more land-based life. In 2013 they started a farm in Southern Oregon, one of the meccas for herb farming in the US. Oshala Farm is now a 170 acre, midscale family farm with 70 varieties medicinal herbs in production. Over the years they have learned through blood, sweat, tears and laughter what it takes to be a domestic herb farmer and how to keep herb farming financially sustainable while staying true to their earth centric values and organic practices. Through her food advocacy work, Elise enjoys bringing people together to work towards sustainable solutions that will preserve our agricultural heritage. She works to educate and inspire value-based community change. Her teachers include Karen Aquilar, Terri Jensen, Trinity Ava, David Hoffman, Lily Mazarella, Rosemary Gladstar, Cascade Andersen Geller, Jon Carlson and of course the plants themselves!