Green Festival Speakers
Susan Proffitt (Mrs. Josh Wattles) is the founder and creative force of Nichols Canyon Co-op. She designed the Co-op's structure to create an alternative economy for sustainable living. Susan creates the original recipes for Co-op products, including jams, jellies, preserves, pickles, cordials, dried herbs and candies. Members of the Co-op contribute their own produce or other supplies, get together to preserve it, then share the products among members. The Co-op maintains a seed library, and Susan conducts tutorials so that the members can teach their friends how to preserve their produce, and even start their own Co-ops.
By continuously re-using the Co-op jars, diverting garden produce from green cans and using the whole fruit / vegetable / herb, the Co-op is a Zero-Waste Environmentally-Friendly organization that also promotes community self-sufficiency. The Co-op keeps traditional preserving methods alive and relevant to contemporary palates and dietary preferences, using up to 70% less sugar than commercial preserves by using natural pectin found in the whole fruit.
With a wide-ranging and diverse background in subjects from Mycology to Corporate Planning, Susan brings a polymathic approach to social community design as well as culinary arts. She grew up in San Francisco and attended UC Berkeley and CSU San Francisco. She lives in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles with her husband and children.