Michele is a native Minneapolitan who took a long and winding road to find herself in Columbia Heights in 2012. A Librarian by profession, Michele is a lifelong learner who is passionate about sustainability, self-reliance, and living lightly on the earth. She is a Minnesota Master Naturalist and an avid hiker. She doesn’t have a natural green thumb but that doesn’t stop her from trying to grow her own food and turn her city-sized lot into a permaculture paradise. She sees HeightsNEXT as a great opportunity for members of the community to share ideas, learn new skills, and support each other as we build stronger selves as well as a stronger Columbia Heights.