"Growing Food in the Southwest Mountains"

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About the author

The daughter of a chemist and a biologist, Lisa Rayner has long had an interest in the natural world. As a young girl she was an avid sea shell collector. She spent much of her time exploring the forest near her parent's Delaware home.

Lisa Rayner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Interpretation from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of the 1993 Black Mesa Permaculture Project's design certification course, and is a Coconino County Master Gardener.

Lisa is the founder and publisher of Flagstaff Tea Party, an alternative community newspaper advocating for the protection of Flagstaff's environmental riches and the preservation of Flagstaff's small-town charm. Lisa's articles and essays appear regularly in the monthly newspaper. FTP is also a donor-supported nonprofit organization and the sponsor of the Flagstaff Neighborly Notes community currency system. Lisa designed and implemented this alternative currency system in 2000. The system is modeled after the Ithaca Hours system in Ithaca, NY.

Lisa lives with her husband, FTP editor Dan Frazier, and their cat, Garfunkel. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, weaving, reading and hiking, among other things. Lisa gardens on two small balconies and with the Flagstaff Community Gardens Project.

About the illustrator

Zackery Zdinak has rendered illustrations and interpretive design for the Museum of Northern Arizona, The Arboretum At Flagstaff, Sedona Cultural Park, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Habitat Harmony inc., Arizona Native Plant Society and more. His illustrations have appeared in the Arizona Game & Fish Department's Wildlife Views magazine for years and his retail wildlife graphic products are sold nationwide.

Yearning for wilderness in the southwest after earning a B.S. in Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University, he found as employment with the National Park Service, National Forests Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service. He has instructed naturalist and art programs for the Museum of Northern Arizona, NAU Elderhostel and Yavapai College, and assisted biologists at the Academy of Hydrobiology, Wuhan, China.

After an apprenticing childhood with his commercial artist father, Zack honed his field sketching skills over the years and sought professional training through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and Scottsdale School of Art. Currently his favorite media include graphite pencil, pen and ink, scratchboard and watercolor.

A Flagstaff resident of 17 years, Zack lives, hikes and gardens with his partner, Robert Audet.

 Contact Zackery Zdinak at Life Drawing & Education, P.O. Box 1314, Flagstaff, AZ 86002, www.lifedraw.com.


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