Heather Willoughby

Born and raised in Birmingham, Heather Willoughby has lived in central Alabama for most of her life. Heather received her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University, and earned her Master’s and PhD from the University of Florida. Simultaneous doctoral research and Americorps service landed her back in Birmingham, where she volunteered with area youth while researching social inequalities in the metro area. Shortly after graduation and the end of her service year, Heather dove headfirst into stay-at-home motherhood. During this time, Heather grew her education to include home gardening, beekeeping, and the practice of herbal medicine. Now, Heather has four-year-old daughter and an 18-month-old son, and she works as a REALTORⓇ with Century 21 Advantage assisting clients with buying and selling of residential homes, land, and farms, and she’s always happy to lend both clients and friends a hand with their garden plans!

The Garden that Grows without the Gardener :: A Beginner’s Guide to Edible Weeds

How Does Your Garden Grow? Ah, gardening. My first true love.  A a teenager in Birmingham, my high school partnered with Jones Valley Teaching Farm to offer courses in sustainable agriculture, something the organization continues to...
reducing family carbon footprint

A Lazy Mom’s Guide to Reducing the Family Carbon Footprint

The Truly Inconvenient Truth As parents, we have so much to worry about on a daily basis. We coordinate family schedules, pull together 21 different meals (and 1500 snacks) per week, and ensure the house...
Strawberry Farms Around Birmingham

2023 Ultimate Guide to Strawberry Farms Around Birmingham

Southern Springtime Springtime in the south elicits turbulence. The seasonal heat returns in waves, vacillating unpredictably between subfreezing and a mid-summer level swelter. Then we have The Pollen Assault, where a chalky yellow dust coats...

Overstimulated Mother Earth :: Gardening to Reduce Invasive Species & Environmental Stress

Stressful Environments Let’s be real. In their lifelong journey through parenthood, many caregivers feel touched out, cramped, and generally overstimulated every now and then in the presence of their (ever-so lovable) littles. When too much...

Birmingham Mom Collective :: Introducing Heather W.

Birmingham I have lived in Birmingham for most of my life. Born and raised here, I spent my teenage years itching for the open road, only to find myself aching for the warmth and familiarity...
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