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Meet The Mocha Gardener

Ashlie Thomas is an author, food security, and home gardening advocate and entrepreneur known on social media as The Mocha Gardener. Her blog has been featured on popular sites and magazines such as Better Homes & Gardens, NBC, NPR, Taste of Home, and MindBodyGreen.

Several years ago, Ashlie began her gardening journey with her husband on their one-acre North Carolina homestead, and through this, she became more conscientious of local food systems and its implication on human health.

With a background in biological sciences and research management, Ashlie is currently pursuing her graduate studies in food and nutritional science, and practices as a health and wellness coach.

Outside of her work and academic training, will also find Ashlie working with local nutrition and community health-based initiatives to help bridge the gap between food security and chronic diseases in rural and underrepresented communities.


Using her passion for gardening and health and wellness she seeks to bring awareness through practice to growing issues of food insecurity in vulnerable communities, while empowering and educating others on how to take control of their wellness through growing the very thing that sustains them…good, nutritious, food.

Speaking Topics

  • Gardening and wellness
  • Creating greater food security through gardening
  • Intro to small-space gardening
  • Cultivate a pollinator garden
  • Grow your own food at home
  • Container gardening for beginners
  • Year-round food growing
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