Compiled by Shelly Gattlieb
Lauren Hodges is a local herbalist who creates personal care products from medicinal and native plants. She attended the Heartland Herb School and completed a nine-month apprenticeship before opening her own apothecary business, Textbook Repository. The company offers a wide range of botanical products, with 90 percent of ingredients harvested from her own garden.
While farming in California, Hodges met her partner, Andy, who was raised in Carmel. They live in his family Quaker-style house with their 10-year old dog, Dinga. The home was built around the 1840s and may have been a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Andy and Hodges grow vegetables and plan to eventually add a greenhouse to the property. Lauren loves art history tattoos, going for walks at Cool Creek and watching sitcoms, especially “The Goldbergs.”
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Best memories: Braves games and collecting baseball cards with Dad
Former jobs: Door-to-door fundraiser, beekeeping in Oregon, blueberry harvesting in Maine and painted street performer in New Orleans
Hidden talent: Photographic memory
Message to others: Be respectful of other people, animals and the environment
If she could meet anyone: Great-grandmother Viola
Favorite sounds: Rain or moving water
Fears: Alligators and horses
Best thing about Carmel: Beautiful in every season
People assume but isn’t true: That she is vegetarian
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