About Ali

Hi, I'm Ali! I'm an herbalist, forager, writer and permaculture designer living on the land of the Lenape people in what is now called Sussex County, New Jersey. 

I have been foraging and practicing herbal medicine more formally for just under a decade, studying at the Herbal Academy of New England and completing the Vitalist Herbal Practitioner program with Sajah Popham at the School of Evolutionary Herbalism. But my greatest teachers have always been the plants.

My approach to herbal medicine is to look at the whole person, not just at an issue or illness, to find paths of healing. My specialty is working with nourishing, abundant wild plants, and my passion is empowering people to work with the herbs that grow right outside their doors. I believe reconnecting with the land where we live is the best way to heal our world and dream it into something better; when you love something and truly know it, you take better care of it. 

I am an experienced hiker and hold a certification in Wilderness First Aid. I offer guided plant walks and hands-on herbal workshops that focus on empowering people to get to know their local plants and work with them to stay well in body and spirit.

In 2021 I received my Permaculture Design Certificate from Midsummer Farm in Warwick, NY, and now work with clients to create landscapes and gardens that honor the earth, promote biodiversity, and nourish the body and soul.

In 2017, I started Northern Sky Botanicals, a small herbal skincare company that focuses on beautiful, simple herbal products that make people happy. Many of the ingredients in my herbal products are ethically and responsibly harvested in the wild, at the peak of the plant's energy and with profound gratitude. All of my products are made by hand in very small batches, and my inventory changes with the seasons based on what is growing outside. You can check out my current offerings here.