Michael Whisler grew up in the suburbs of Central Indiana. He discovered his passion for the outdoors at age 17, on his first backpacking trip in Colorado.
He then took his new passion to Indiana University, where he got his B.S. in Outdoor Recreation, Parks, and Human Ecology. As part of his studies, Whisler participated in the “Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Program” (C.O.R.E.) and was awarded Student of the Year in 2013, and hired back as an “Assistant Instructor” the following year. Whisler has held various other jobs during college, including:
- Outdoor Education and Gardening Program Leader” for the local Boys and Girls Club summer camp
- “Kid’s Wrangler” at Vista Verde Guest Ranch, in Northern Colorado
- “Assistant Trip Leader” leading kayaking and backpacking trips for Indiana University Outdoor Adventures (I.U.O.A.)
- Various restaurant and retail jobs.
After graduating in December of 2015, Whisler began working as the “Historic Orchard Management Intern” for 12 months at Capitol Reef National Park in South-Central Utah. During his free time, Michael volunteered with the Search and Rescue Team, fly-fished, backpacked, and tagged along on hunting trips.
He then moved back to Bloomington, Indiana and began working for Bread and Roses Nursery, an organic-certified nursery and edible landscaping company, where he lived for two years in an off-grid cabin. Working for Bread and Roses was Whisler’s “Permaculture apprenticeship”.
Michael has also subcontracted at various times for one of two companies: either Nifty Hoops, an Ann Arbor based Greenhouse Company or Streamworks, a San Antonio, TX based company that specializes in the installation of flash-flood monitoring and warning systems.
By his count, Michael has held 19 different jobs over the last 10 years, possibly more, each job change done with the intention of learning new skills, increasing income, or improving overall work-life balance.
In February of 2018, Whisler began EasyPeasy Garden Solutions, an edible landscaping company based in Indianapolis, Indiana. EasyPeasy installs and maintains raised bed vegetable gardens, berry patches, and various other landscaping elements. EasyPeasy’s mission is to facilitate positive human/nature connections by designing and creating spaces for the sacred acts of gardening and leisure.
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