Anita Mills is Founder of Anita’s Arbor, whose mission is to mentor and support the sustainable lifestyle. Anita loves to empower people, by showing them how to live a fuller, healthier, more resilient, sustainable life in an urban setting.
Anita has been an organic gardener since the late 1960s, has an enduring interest in low-tech solutions to sustainable living, and consults on community gardens, school gardens and personal gardens.
After many, many years in the corporate world, she was free to work as a garden manager at an organic food co-op for a year, building out their garden space with chickens, greenhouse, aquaponics and growing areas. In short, it became a demonstration of a backyard sustainable food system. It was also a diverse laboratory, with various containers or contained beds – because of probable contaminated soil on site. It allowed her to experiment with straw bale gardens, key hole gardening, and hugelkultur.
Anita also teaches how to upcycle household textiles (sheets, blue jeans) into rugs, and how to make soap. Her latest explorations include showing how to upcycle “trash” to start seeds and gardens, as well as kitchen-based garden pest control and soil tests.