Tamara Pickens is a permaculturist and outdoors lover mostly raised in southwest Louisville, Kentucky, an hour away from Ft. Knox. Born the daughter of a drafted Vietnam veteran and a Gullah/Geechee descendant, she was born near the Rockie Mountains in Colorado Springs, CO and saw much of the country’s natural wonders including Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Garden of the Gods, and Mammoth Cave before she was 17 years old.
The years that followed carried her to St. Louis, MO, Phoenix, AZ, Laurel, MD then Gaithersburg, MD before being relocated to the north Austin, TX area. There, her employment with a prominent healthcare company flourished where she honed her 7+ years of customer satisfaction via proprietary health care technical application support. The exploratory spirit drives Tamara’s passion to pursue new experiences and provide authenticity in building relationships in order to empower others. She has joyfully volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of Austin for 3 years and is a new member of Outdoor Afro Austin, and the Austin Permaculture Guild. Tamara is most passionate about cultivating freedom in her life and the lives of those she encounters.
Along with her interest in remaining one of the last true library book worms (although she does check out/buy books on her basic Kindle or from Half Price Books), a few of her passions are her marriage, a future family, urban homesteading/regenerative foods/food systems, holistic physical fitness primarily through strength training, yoga, african dance, and capoeira (a Brazilian martial art) and finally returning to traveling abroad. Along with her graphic designer husband, as a newly minted Certified Permaculture Designer, she is striving towards continually educating herself and stretching her bounds so that she can bring that medicine to her community with a focus on earth care, people care, and fair share.