Salem was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia in ’06 with a degree in Psychology. From there he spent 3 years teaching English in Japan as a part of the JET Program. During his time in Japan, Salem became friends with many local farmers in his community, and his interest in environmental issues grew significantly. He saw how the problems of global warming, depleting fisheries, chemical-based agriculture, pollution, and hyper-urbanization since the industrial revolution are destroying our planet. In an effort to increase awareness of these tragedies, he led the 2009 BEE Japan Ride (Bicycle for Everyone’s Earth) across Japan’s 4 major islands to promote sustainable living. During this trip he was introduced to Permaculture, and saw in it a solution to how to live in harmony with people and nature.
In December of 2009 he completed a Permaculture Certification Design Course, and continued his studies through 2010 with Chuck Marsh, Patricia Allison, and Bob Burns. He spent 2010 working for Hungry Gnome Gardenscapes as an Edible Landscape & Permaculture Designer and living in the Earthsong community in Athens, GA. These experiences gave Salem an academic and practical understanding of how to grow food, propagate plant, tend to animals, and work with trees in the forest.
In the winter of 2011 Salem moved to Bloomington, ready to make a go at his own Permaculture Paradise. With the help of his grandfather, he purchased the land now known as ‘Will Holler, home to Bread & Roses Gardens and Bread & Roses Nursery. Transitioning to life in Southern Indiana was made all the easier with the help of new friends–even before moving here he was introduced to Peter Bane & Keith Johnson of the Permaculture Activist, and current partner in Bread & Roses Nursery, Jonas Carpenter.
Every year in Will Holler has witnessed monumental growth (with over 400 species of plants as of 2013) and learning experiences. While the Farm and Nursery continue to grow by leaps and bounds, so too increase the responsibilities and pleasures that come with a life of meaning interaction with nature.