Linda was raised on a small farm in a log cabin with no running water or inside plumbing. She began working full time in the tobacco fields at ten years of age during the summers, and throughout high school worked 20 hours a week. During her college years, Linda worked 70 hours weekly in the summer and 30 hours weekly while college was in session to pay for her education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Police Administration. Linda has two classes remaining to finish a Master of Arts in Religion (theology).
[Continued] As a young adult, Linda became involved with The Navigators, and was helped to develop own spiritual roots and then to pass those convictions and skills to others. She met her husband, Ed, at the end of college. While he was serving his first three-year term as a missionary, Linda worked as a police officer in Maryland, near Washington D.C. Linda and Ed were married shortly after he returned to the U.S., and a year later they moved to Eastern Europe to serve as missionaries. They have lived in five different countries where Linda learned three foreign languages, though she only remembers one of them today! Linda and Ed raised three sons who are now grown and reside in the U.S.
After returning to the US and living in Ohio, Linda started a small business of teaching bread baking classes (Whole Grain Nutrition and Bread Baking) which she still teaches today. Her classes have expanded to include over 10 different classes on traditional food preparation.
Linda enjoys researching the current trends in health and nutrition and is quite fascinated by the Gut Microbiome. She has invested over 6,000 hours of study in healthy nutrition.
Linda and Ed currently live on a small farm in the mid-west along with their two dogs, 10 chickens and three cows, aiming to use their land in a sustainable way following permaculture principles.
Linda became involved in The Foundation's work because of her commitment to solid nutritional practices, and teaches that fermenting in vessels that do not seal perfectly contribute more to health challenges, and less to health recovery.