Laurie is a dedicated teacher who has lived in Mexico for 13 years where her two sons were born and where she taught ESL. She returned in 1993 and completed her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Carroll University and taught in the Bilingual Program with Waukesha Public schools for 20 years. After retirement she obtained her certification as a Health Coach. In 2014 she assisted NuGenesis in developing a Gardening/Nutrition curriculum for third and fourth grades. It was a thrilling experience to teach over 400 students which sparked her desire to continue teaching. Inspired, she wrote an educational book, “Grandma Flor’s Farm,” which provided the base for Sprouting Together curriculum. Laurie’s other interests include yoga, volunteering with Friendship Bridge and Interpreting at the Free Clinic, knitting, gardening and traveling the world with friends and family.
Connie Holzmiller spent 32 years as a music teacher for the Oconomowoc Area School District. After retiring from music education, she “rewired” and dove into environmental work. Connie served on the Board of Greener Oconomowoc for 8 years in positions of Secretary and Sustainability Director. After adding certification as both a Master Gardener and Master Composter, she revised curriculum and taught workshops and outreach classes for the NuGenesis Teaching Garden. In 2015 she assisted in forming the Lake Country Farm-to-School alliance. Connie is an active member of the Waukesha County Green Team’s Permaculture & Gardening Group, the St. Joan of Arc/St. Catherine Garden Committee and Friendship Bridge. She currently is taking coursework with Dr. Elaine Ingham, one of the top internationally recognized experts on sustainable soil science. This has led her to share information through workshops on soil health, composting, vermiculture and sustainable gardening practices. Her newest venture has been the co-creation and teaching of Sprouting Together. Connie relishes time in her many gardens, sewing, yoga and spending time with her husband and family here in Wisconsin and Colorado.
The acreage of BrynTeg (Beautiful Hill) Farm has been in the family since 1963. We use all-natural, time-tested growing processes: our vegetables, herbs, and most fruits are grown free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and our apple orchard is minimally treated. Our produce is available through Spring, Summer, and Fall CSA subscriptions, online ordering and local deliveries. https://www.bryntegfarm.com We welcome farm visits by appointment and at farm pick-up times. Please visit our website and Facebook page for recipes, updates, farm events, and general information.
I am Bretta Butterfly. A freelance artist and designer from Wisconsin. I find there is something rather delicious to be able to draw, design, and dream, and I use both computer and hand for creating. Most of my current work is geared toward grade school children through designing and illustrating technical instructions for toy kits. Creating hand illustrations for inspiring children and adults in other walks of life still captures a place in my heart, as well. But my deepest inspiration comes from the life of the garden and the little things nature has to offer. Fantasy has a way of pulling the imagination away leaving pages of art waiting for the world to see.
My first impression of Sprouting Together was of pure excitement. When I first sat down with Laurie about the vision that she and Connie had, I was elated to be part of their team to create artwork. My own dreams have been to find ways of having children be thrilled about eating vegetables. How amazing that I could be a part of their dream!