Featured in an article about passion people in O: The Oprah Magazine (November 2010 issue), Pattie Baker has since helped create or rejuvenate numerous organic gardens to serve diverse populations. These have included metro-Atlanta’s largest community garden and largest on-site food pantry garden; numerous school gardens including at the only school for refugee children in the United States; two prominent arts center gardens, a garden at a transitional home for families, and a home garden in suburbia that yielded an average of $2500 worth of fresh, organically-grown food each year. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, she created and currently stewards two sharing gardens (one on her home property and one in a community garden for refugees of war).
Pattie is a professional writer and photographer who published a blog with over a million page views named Foodshed Planet. Her feature articles about organic farming, gardening and sustainability have been published in Urban Farm Magazine, Chickens Magazine, Edible Atlanta Magazine, and on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution website. She was a monthly columnist for New Life Journal Magazine and a significant contributor to Daron “Farmer D” Joffe’s award-winning book, Citizen Farmer. In addition to Food for My Daughters, she has published other books (also available globally on Amazon and elsewhere).
Building on a robust corporate communications and feature-writing career in NYC and Atlanta, Pattie does the majority of her hands-on research via bike and is a certified League of American Bicyclists’ Cycling Instructor (#5384), one of only five women in the state of Georgia. She was hired to work as a Bike Ambassador with the City of Decatur, GA (a bronze-level Bike Friendly Community), offered one-on-one coaching to women wanting to get back on their bikes, and conducted bike accessibility audits of municipalities and bikeshare systems. She is a PeopleForBikes national ambassador and served as one of only six USA-based Bicycle Mayors as part of a global consortium of more than 130 others with the Amsterdam-based social enterprise BYCS. See her final Executive Summary here. She blogs here as well as at Traveling at the Speed of Bike. Also, you may be interested in the You Go, Girl toolkit.
With her June 2020-scheduled departure for Peace Corps Uganda continually derailed due to the pandemic, she accepted a Communications Specialist position with the CDC Foundation working exclusively with the State of Alaska Department of Health full-time (remotely) writing and project-managing the Healthy You in 2022 campaign. She bike commuted :).
Pattie used to think she grew a garden. She learned over time that the garden grew her. You can follow and connect with Pattie here:
Instagram: Sustainable Pattie (general feed) and Today’s Nice Stranger (street portraits while Traveling at the Speed of Bike)
LinkedIn: Pattie Baker
TikTok: pedalpowerwithpattie (1st and only basic bike skills class in the world via TikTok) and Speed of Bike
Author Page on Amazon (my books are also available via most indie channels)