Bailey Hutchison

Bailey Hutchison is a multifaceted horticulturist, herbalist, chef, and artist born in the historic 7th ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor in Natural Resource and Ecology Management from Louisiana State University with a focus in conservation biology. She continued independent studies supported by One Family Farm in Trinidad and Tobago and has deep roots in the Caribbean islands and the Deep South. In Trinidad, she spent the majority of her time in La Lune Village studying growing practices and herbal remedies from village leader Noriga Granger, his daughter Giselle Granger, and other respected herbalists and cultivators. She is a third-generation herbalist focusing on ancestral herbalism and ethnobotany, the study of the traditions and customs concerning plants and their medical, religious, and spiritual uses. She works closely with local and international Black and Indigenous communities to find creative ways to help regain food sovereignty and normalize the practice of herbalism. As the founder of Mecca X Studios, she has also translated her studies into visual art that celebrates Black empowerment and natural living. She is currently Garden Manager for The Black School, a local non-profit and experimental art school teaching Black people, people of color, students, and allies to become agents of change with a mission that promotes and extends the legacy of art in Black radical histories by providing innovative education alternatives centered on Black love. In the future, Bailey hopes to create an open air/mobile market supplied by Black and POC farmers in order to help her community regain socioeconomic sovereignty and educate community members about herbalism and spiritualism. She is best known in her community as a lover and healer, always looking for ways to spread ancestral knowledge and lifestyle skills to return her community to fecundity and mental, physical, and spiritual health.

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