Greetings traveler!

I’m Joey, and this is my  repository of plant information.

Coat of Arms

If you look out the window to your left, you’ll see my coat of arms. The tree in the center is an olive tree on a rocky island, somewhere in the Mediterranean. My mom was born in Palestine, and I am obsessed with the culture and history of the Mediterranean + Near East. As a forestry major, it should go without saying that I love trees but I particularly love foraging. I always try to find a snack when I’m out in the field. I guess its no surprise that coming from a town who’s name literally means “forest land” I wanted to pursue a career in nature.

The quote “Surely, the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom even when it takes you through the valley of the nest of spiders” is from my favorite book, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. The general premise of the quote is meaningful to me and my life experiences, but more literally applies to my recent conquering of my Spider Phobia. I had to clean out a shed that hadn’t been opened in 2 years, and the sheer volume of spiders crawling on me during this has rendered me completely unafraid of them now.

Some other facts about me: the only music I listen to is the Beach Boys, I am determined to hike the entire Appalachian trail after college, and I will never move away from the Great Lakes region unless some benefactor pays me millions of dollars.