About Colleen

Hello there! I’m Colleen Codekas, and I’m the main person behind the scenes at Grow Forage Cook Ferment. I want to inspire you to live seasonally, become more self sufficient, and protect your health. My husband Joel pops in from time to time to share his ideas as well (he’s the permaculture expert).

We offer simple recipes, tutorials and guides that are straightforward and easy to follow. You will find information on foraging and wildcrafting, fermenting and preserving, cooking whole foods from scratch, permaculture and regenerative gardening, and making herbal remedies and skin care products. And that’s just the beginning!

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Joel and I live in the beautiful Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon with our young son, where we have created a mini food forest and permaculture paradise. I have always had the desire to live in the most natural way possible, so I began studying about plants, herbs, and flowers nearly 20 years ago.

Joel and I lived and worked in Yosemite National Park for ten years. We spent many of those years in the high elevation paradise of Tuolumne Meadows, which solidified a yearning for being surrounded by nature on a daily basis. Learning to correctly identify wild plants, particularly those that were edible and medicinal, became a new hobby while living in the wilderness, and has carried over into our more “traditional” life now.

In recent years, I have completed several herbalism courses through the Herbal Academy and the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. When I’m not busy writing for Grow Forage Cook Ferment, you can usually find me out foraging for wild edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms (most likely with a toddler by my side). I also love hiking in the woods, cooking delicious whole food, drinking wine, making mead, growing a ridiculous amount of herbs and flowers, and making all kinds of herbal goodness in jars.