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Melissa Ott (Green Gal) is an educator, gardener, event planner, writer, and baker living in San Jose, California. A guiding quote in her life has been Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world” since middle school.
In 2017, Melissa participated in the UC Santa Cruz Farm Apprenticeship program where she received her Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. She also received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Cruz Permaculture in 2017.

That same year, Melissa launched Green Gal Consulting, offering marketing, outreach, event planning, and other services. For the 2018 growing season, Melissa began cultivating Green Gal’s Garden, a small market garden in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

For 5.5 years, Melissa supported education and outreach programs and projects at the UCSC Sustainability Office and other campus organizations. She received her B.A. in Literature in 2014 from UCSC, where she designed and taught two undergraduate courses.

Melissa has been writing the Green Gal blog since 2009 and dreams of one day opening a home-based, organic, and locally sourced sourdough business.

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