Julianna, or Jules, received a BA in Public Horticulture and minors in Spanish and Biology from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. It was during this time that she found her connection with and love for plants. While attending school, she worked both in the Leaning Pine Arboretum and the campus Greenhouses. One of her favorite aspects of her work was taking a succulent plant (normally a Sedum species) and breaking off the bottom leaves to propagate into new plants! Following graduation, Jules spent time living in Argentina, Chile and the Dominican Republic. While traveling she volunteered with two nonprofits World Wide Organic Farming (Woofing) and Amigos de las Americas (Amigos). She found that gardening and growing plants could be a catalyst for community development and relationship building. Following her travels Jules spent time working with Bella Vista Landscape Services in San Jose, CA. She taught bilingual safety and educational meetings in English and Spanish. Jules is excited to be joining Tilth Alliance as a Garden Hotline Educator. She is eager to answer emails, phone calls and have in person conversations about sustainable gardening practices, edible food gardening, and anything else plant related. For Jules any day that she can learn a new plant fact is a good day!