Melody is the founder of Pleasant Valley Botanicals, a "farmlet" in Northwest CT committed to growing vibrant medicinal and culinary herbs for the local community. Melody focuses her herbal energies on a fresh herb CSA (Community Supported Agriculture program), or as she prefers to think of it, an FSA- Farmer Supported Apothecary. Melody is committed to growing, sharing and educating about medicinal herbs because of her belief in medicinal herbs as integral parts of affordable and holistic health care and agricultural systems. Melody is currently working on a USDA-funded research grant looking at crop yield and disease resistance of crops planted with soil fungal inoculants. Pleasant Valley Botanicals' goal is to work toward sustainable food and health care systems, and a holistic approach to health and wellness of people, plants and planet. Registration requested though not required, directly to the Granby Public Library.