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Our Story


Maker, tree hugger and crazy plant lady Elizabeth (Liz) Hodges spent her early childhood years on a 40-acre homestead in Washington State, following her mother around the garden, pasture, root cellar and kitchen. Liz lost her mother to melanoma when she was just 11, but her aunt has a farm just outside Santa Cruz, which she visited a few times when she was young and fell in love with.

In 2006, she moved to the area, where she completed her B.A. in Global Studies, avidly gardened, raised chickens and goats, started a homesteading blog, served on the Slow Food Santa Cruz board, wrote for Edible: Monterey Bay and studied horticulture. She now pursues a lifelong study of herbalism.

She founded the Verdant apothecary in 2015, in answer to her search for nontoxic and accessible, yet effective skin care products and has grown into crafting soaps and herbal remedies. Her favorite thing to do in her free time is to wander about hillsides, learning and identifying plants and fungi and daydreaming about what to make with them.