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Mrs. Atkin is the co-founder and manager of Cottonwood Creek Farms* in Hurricane, Utah. Lisa’s experience with allopathic medicine as an Admissions Counselor and Manager in Retirement and Assisted Living facilities for 10 years, prompted her to begin research in holistic medicine and new healing modalities that could benefit the elderly. Her research eventually brought her to the understanding and conclusion that true nutrition, health and the medicine of tomorrow for every individual begins in the soil of an organic garden. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and Industries from Southern Utah University, is a Certified Master Gardener through USU Extension Service, St. George, Utah, and is a Certified Permaculture Design Consultant. She is excited to teach and grow fresh, local foods using organic methods and to work with school students and community members to better care for the earth, our health and each other through the community garden and community supported agriculture programs.
*Cottonwood Creek Farms’ mission is to “Nurture community through cooperation, Empower community through education, Feed community through locally grown foods and Share community through conservation practices and donations to local food banks”. The first phase underway at the farm is a school and community garden/learning center. Here students and community members get hands on experience as well as classroom knowledge in the basics of soil science, plant nutrition, organic growing methods, irrigation principles, permaculture and more.