Ann Armbrecht, Director and Co-Producer

Ann ArmbrechtAnn is a writer and anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) whose work explores the relationships between humans and the earth, most recently through her work with plants and plant medicine.

She is the co-producer of the documentary Numen: the Nature of Plants, and the author of the award winning ethnographic memoir, Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Homebased on her research in Nepal. She is a student of herbal medicine and was a 2017 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar documenting the supply chain of medicinal plants in India. She is currently completing a book, Following Herbs Through the Supply Chain, to be published by Chelsea Green Publishing and is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. She lives with her family in central Vermont.


Terrence Youk, Co-Producer

Sustainable Herbs Project TeamTerrence Youk began work in film and television in 1985, first as a composer and later writing, producing, directing and editing independent documentaries.

He has produced nationally acclaimed programs for PBS, A&E and the Wisdom Channel as well as educational and presentation films crafted for nonprofit institutions including the National Hospice Foundation. Award-winning films include: Thich Nhat Hanh: Roots of Peace, Pioneers of Hospice & The Birth of Modern Hospice, and Numen: The Nature of Plants. 



Anita Burke, SHP Intern

Our Team

Anita Burke is passionate about herbs, with a special interest in the mind-body connection. Her interest in herbal medicine & natural healing began 13 years ago during her own struggle with chronic disease. She lives in Southern California with her husband. In addition to many years of independent study, she has taken courses offered by the School of Natural Healing and the East West School of Planetary Herbology, along with countless local nutrition and herb classes.

Anita is honored to be a part of the Sustainable Herbs Project team! She is most comfortable in a supporting role, doing the day-to-day administrative tasks & research, so others can concentrate on Big Picture stuff. She hopes to come away from this experience with a deeper connection to the plants she loves, and a better idea of how she can support sustainable herbalism.

Willow Fortunoff, SHP Intern

Our Team: Willow ForbesWillow Fortunoff was the photographer for the Sustainable Herbs Project trips to Bulgaria, Germany, the United Kingdom, and part of our time in India.

During her gap year, in addition to visiting India, she traveled in Barcelona, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. She is studying International Relations and Political Science at Macalester College. Photography has been a hobby for the past five years, and India was one of the most photogenic places she ever visited!