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The Team


Jamie Hamilton

Verde Soul co-Founder 

Owner Argilla Clay Jewelry

Los Alamos, New Mexico native turned Columbia, Missouri enthusiast!

My early years were shaped by hiking, rock climbing, and family outdoor adventures, fostering a deep love for nature. Since 2009, I've called Columbia home with my husband, embracing the role of a homeschooling mama to two amazing boys.

The course of my journey took an exciting turn when I earned certification as a forager through Eating the Ozarks with Rachael West and Bo Brown from First Earth Wilderness School in Springfield, MO.

My true passion lies in educating children and families about the numerous benefits of edible wild foods growing right in their own backyards. Beyond teaching foraging classes, I run a jewelry business, crafting nature-inspired jewelry. As a half-acre homesteader with 5 chickens, I am devoted to planting native wild edibles in our yard, and teaching others how to do the same.

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Shanna Watson

Verde Soul co-founder

Welcome to my foraging journey! I'm Shanna Watson, a proud native of Missouri, currently rooted in the beautiful Harrisburg area. After purchasing our small farm I developed an interest in learning about the plants on our land and how to use them. For nine years, I've cultivated a deep connection to the land and its edible and medicinal gifts.

Alongside my husband and our wonderful family—two girls, and boy we reside on a farm with 80 chickens, three dogs, a gecko, snake, a couple of fish, and a bird.

Inspired by the incredible Rachael West of “Eating The Ozarks” and Bo Brown of “First Earth Wilderness School” of Springfield, MO. And “Wild Wise Botanicals” learning to identify fungi and cultivate. I've obtained my certification in foraging.


Now, fueled by my passion for working with people and educating children, I'm excited to share my knowledge and skills in the field of foraging.

Join me as we explore the beautiful landscape of mid-Missouri, learning about the wild edible food and medicine that surround us and nurturing a deeper connection to the earth.

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Maya Watson

Embers Owner & Product Developer

I craft salves specifically for our furry friends.

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