K.Ruby Blume is an educator, gardener, beekeeper, artist, performer and activist, with 20+ years experience gardening in an urban setting. As a life-long learner, she has studied everything from permaculture to pollination ecology and has taught herself cheese making, canning and fermentation techniques, as well as how to set tile, install a sink, do electrical wiring, tend a beehive and repair a motorcycle. Ruby holds certificates in permaculture desgn, massage and life coaching and has studied botany, entomology and native plant ecology. She has extensive experience in the arts and is known for her work as founder and artistic director of the art for justice project, Wise Fool. In 1998 Ruby founded The Institute of Urban Homesteading , to promote localism and self-reliance through sustainability education. Ruby has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Urban Farm Magazine, Bee Culture Magazine and many other publications.