Andrea Miller’s roots run deep in Appalachian Ohio. As a child, she spent countless hours on her great-grandparents’ farm in Perry County. Her great-grandmother, Ellen Milner, was a ginseng steward and had a “massive” garden, interests that motivated Andrea to earn a conservation biology degree with a botany minor at Bowling Green State University and then a master’s in herbalism at Maryland University of Integrative Health.
After college, Andrea worked in Maryland for a while, managing the university’s herb garden and working at the Green Farmacy Garden. But she knew she wanted to return home to Appalachian Ohio, which brought her to Athens, where she worked for Companion Plants for three years before joining Rural Action.
“Everything Rural Action does is in alignment with my fundamental belief of sustainability,” she says. “We talked about ‘do no harm’ in herbalism. We can say the same thing about the forest. Sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do. Once that’s your core value, you see it in everything you do. It becomes a lifestyle.”