Aoife Bird loves the woods, the plants, and all things food. Born and raised in New England, wild foraging in the woods and waters alongside her mom, she spent the last many years communing with the plants and wilds of the Pacific Northwest. Over the years she has been a caterer, a bookseller, a baker, an archivist, a (very) small-scale farmer, and a healer. Aoife earned her culinary degree from the New England Culinary Institute a million years ago and has since gone on to earn a degree in archaeology from the University of Oregon focusing on people’s use of plants, foods, and ritual. She continued on to gain a Master’s degree in East Asian Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine as well as another in Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine. In addition, she has graduate certificates in Ecopsychology and in Sustainable Food Systems. She has extensive training in Western herbalism from the Arctos School of Botanical Medicine in Portland, OR, and loves to make medicine. She earned her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Permaculture Women’s Guild and is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, The American Anthropology Association, the American Nutrition Association, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Aoife recently returned to her home state of Rhode Island and brought with her a teenager daughter, a Newfoundland named Jeff, a Chihuahua named Sunny, a black kitty named Bitsie, and a baby kitten named Kiki. She loves to walk in the woods, talk to the plants, and explore all the grocery stores everywhere.