I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay, crabbing, fishing, sailing, and building sand castles, tree houses, and secret gardens in the woods. After graduating from Southern, I attended Cook College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There I got my BS Environmental Studies, competed for Rutgers Gymnastics, and met my husband, Mark.
Since then, I have entertained myself by working as a naturalist, coaching gymnastics, planting my vegetable garden in the shape of a labyrinth, selling organic eggs and chicken and mothering three delightful children.
I returned to school for a MBA from Trinity DC, with an emphasis on Women in Leadership in 2008. I am the president/CEO of Williams & Heintz Map Corporation, the family printing company that was started by my great grandfather.
Hi, Holly. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us—and how lucky are you that you’re friends with Carissa? She seems like a superstar—and I bet she feels the same about you! It sounds like you have your finger in all kinds of interesting pies. If you’ve ever got a DIY project that you’d be game for sharing with the rest of HOMEGROWN, please don’t be shy! Our member blog, The Stew, is a great spot for posting photos and stories—and I’m thinking especially of your labyrinth vegetable garden. What a fun, fantastic idea! Elsewhere on HOMEGROWN, you can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!