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Joan Palmer

Founder and Director of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition

Joan Palmer is the Founder and Director of The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition and owner of Real Food Matters, LLC. Joan has a MS in Human Nutrition, a BS in Education and received her certification as a Family/Community Herbalist. She has been planting the seeds of real food matters for decades through educational programs presented to schools, businesses, organizations, families and individuals. Joan teaches The Art and Science of Eating, as part of an accredited Masters Degree program in Ct. She also teaches Food As Medicine, at Quinnipiac University. She has been growing and using herbs and kitchen medicine since the 90s. She grows food and herbs and keeps bees in the beautiful hills of West Granby, CT


Nigel Palmer

Director and Curriculum Developer for Sustainable Regenerative Gardening

Nigel Palmer is the instructor and curriculum developer of the Sustainable, Regenerative Gardening program at The Institute Of Sustainable Nutrition, relying on the amazing complexity of nature to inspire his gardening philosophy. He is the author of, The Regenerative Grower’s Guide to Garden Amendments, 2020. He co-teaches, a Food As Medicine class at Quinnipiac University.

A lifelong gardener in New England, he holds BS & MS degrees in Engineering with concentrations in modern physics and has worked as an aerospace engineer sorting, organizing, and resolving complex technical issues for over 35 years. Nigel enjoys telemark skiing up and down mountains, observing the year-round night sky, paddling with bears, the keeping of bees, and watching the garlic grow.

“Eating is one of my favorite sports, it’s just so hard to find real food.”


“Truly a wonderful program. Hands on learning you will use for the rest of your life! So thankful I have met these wonderful people!”

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