Jessica Walliser co-hosts “The Organic Gardeners” on KDKA-Radio in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a former contributing editor for Organic Gardening magazine and a regular contributor to Fine Gardening, Urban Farm, Popular Farming, Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home magazines. Jessica writes two weekly gardening columns for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and her fourth book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to the Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control, was released by Timber Press in January of 2014. Jessica is also heard on Essential Public Radio’s environmental news program. She can be found lecturing at garden clubs, botanic gardens, arboretums, and other public garden facilities across the United States.
Jessica received her degree in ornamental horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University, and she is the former owner of a 25 acre organic market farm. She also serves on the faculty of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where she’s been teaching for nearly 20 years.
Her first book, Grow Organic: Over 250 Tips and Ideas for Growing Flowers, Veggies, Lawns and More, with co-author Doug Oster, teaches gardeners of all skill levels how to reach their organic potential. Jessica’s book, Good Bug, Bad Bug: Who’s Who, What They Do, and How to Manage Them Organically, was released in the spring of 2008.
Jessica lives and gardens northwest of Pittsburgh with her husband and son, eight chickens, one hermit crab, one dog, and billions and billions of very good bugs.