About

Teresa O’Connor

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Welcome. My name is Teresa O’Connor, and I’m the creator of Seasonal Wisdom. I’m also a writer, author, speaker and consultant about gardening, fresh foods, seasonal folklore and other topics, including social media.

Trained as a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, I’ve reported on everything from sustainable family farming to heirloom vegetables, edible flowers and vertical gardening for publications like Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Coastal Home and Gardening How-To Magazine, as well as two state cooperative extension services.  I contribute to the National Home Gardening Club’s website monthly, and I’m part of a team of Fiskars® national garden experts.

“Teresa is an expert at mastering complex topics and concepts, and distilling their essence for general audiences. We have found her to be superbly organized and task-oriented, never missing a deadline, while producing work of the highest quality.” Rose Hayden-Smith, Ventura County Director, University of California Cooperative Extension

Passions: You’ll find I’m passionate about protecting sustainable family farms and local foods, as well as helping people understand how plants have been used  for centuries in culinary dishes, cultural festivities and throughout the household. So, if I’m writing about growing lettuce, don’t be surprised if I mention a few of Thomas Jefferson’s favorites, or an odd salad recipe from Medieval England. At Seasonal Wisdom, there’s plenty of cultural history, seasonal folklore and plant superstitions to be found, and I’m always adding more.

“I can always count on Teresa O’Connor of Seasonal Wisdom for her wonderful holiday folklore.” Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun

Author: As co-author of Grocery Gardening: Planting, Preparing and Preserving Fresh Foods (Cool Springs Press, 2010), I reported on the nutritional benefits of garden-fresh foods and explained some key culinary, economic and social advantages of local foods, alongside gardening tips and food recipes.

Speaker: From the Mother Earth News Fair to the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle, you’ll find me speaking about gardening, food and folklore nationwide at premier home and garden shows; book stores; gourmet grocery stores; libraries; and garden centers.

Podcaster: As co-host of Nest in Style podcasts, I reported on many different home and garden trends for seasonal living. The podcasts featured some of the industry’s most popular book authors, magazine editors, landscape designers and garden/food bloggers. Find Nest in Style on iTunes – and don’t miss our special monthly reports on plants, products and tools conducted for Horticulture Magazine.

Social Media Resource: Thousands receive my gardening, food, folklore and marketing tips daily on Twitter and Facebook. I’m thrilled Klout and WeFollow rank Seasonal Wisdom influential about gardens and gardening on Twitter. In fact, I met my Grocery Gardening co-authors on Twitter. To help businesses of all sizes better understand and benefit from social media, I provide consulting and training services. Over the years, I’ve led several hands-on workshops for businesses sponsored by the Idaho Women’s Journal.

Consultant: Award-winning annual reports, brochures, PowerPoint presentations, websites and bylined articles have helped  companies and non-profits in the USA, Europe and Asia communicate effectively. These clients range from Swarovski Crystal and The Walt Disney Company to agricultural cooperatives like Ocean Spray Cranberries and Welch’s Foods. This global marketing experience has helped many companies connect more closely with customers.

Thanks for stopping by. Want to talk? Contact me.