Melanie Marie Blankenship is a 4th generation native of the beautiful County of San Luis Obispo, California. She comes from Grandparents and Parents that are hard working, loving and understanding what is takes to diversify to be sustainable in the county. In 1999, she married her high school sweetheart, Clint, who also grew up in San Luis Obispo County. They both graduated from Paso Robles Schools. A mother of two beautiful children, her biggest wish for her children is that she can give them at least half the freedom that she had as a child when she was growing up.
When it came to starting her career she looked around and felt that the county was lacking local food. From learning from family, friends, neighbors and previous employers and just the experience from doing and being a part of the natural medicine, horticulture and agriculture environments is where she acquired her knowledge and experience. Most of her knowledge has come from her successes and failures. She started a wholesale plant nursery in 1999, Nature’s Touch Nursery, which specializes in California Natives, Herbs, Antique Flowers and Heirloom Vegetable plants. Nature’s Touch Nursery customers are Local Small Farmers, Home Base Gardens, Landscapers and Farmers Markets. Currently, she is an Owner of a retail grocery store with a specialty plant nursery. Nature’s Touch Nursery & Harvest only sells locally grown within California Certified Organic and Naturally grown produce, meats, dairy, breads and grains. You have to know your food to understand it. The best way is to grow it yourself and if you cannot grow what you need then support your neighbors who can.
In our beautiful county you get your air filtered from the Pacific Ocean and have so many diverse micro climates to be able to live, grow and support your own local food system.