I am a nature-lover! That's why I moved to Rumsey, in the Capay Valley of California. All around me are trees, animals (wild and tame!), coastal mountains and the gorgeous Cache Creek river. I also love individual sports, such as kayaking, hiking, jogging, roller-blading and motorcycle riding. My cycle is a Honda 250; just right for riding on all the curvy country roads up here.
I am a science teacher, specializing in general hands-on science K-5. For the past 20 years, I've taught in public and private schools through my own business, Barry Scientific.
Afghan teaching: Wanting to share my teaching abilities while helping women and girls, I founded the nonprofit organization Classrooms Across Cultures. Since 2003, I've been traveling to Afghanistan, training teachers throughout the country in hands-on, critical-thinking science practices. I wrote the first hands-on science textbook for Afghan teachers last year.
My husband and I have three grown children. They grew up with chickens in the backyard and lots of family camping outings.
Now I am undertaking a cut flower farm using sustainable farming practices at Rumsey House. I'm taking a farming class at a place called the Center For Land-Based Learning, doing sustainable farming. I have a huge compost area, worms, flower beds (bloom seasonally) and am doing it without much help or machinery. It's wonderfully fun! My landscaping is natural. I hope you enjoy the place as much as I do.