The Obligatory Bio

Vanessa Farnsworth is a science journalist, former horticulturist, long-time resident of the BC Interior, and co-founder of one of the first internet application development companies in Canada. Her non-fiction focusses primarily on nature, agriculture, and issues that intersect with either or both. In 2019, she launched The Lyme Report, a bi-monthly subscription email newsletter devoted to tick and tick-borne illness research in Canada.

During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Vanessa has delved into native plants and fungi, citizen science, ticks and tick-borne illnesses, cutting edge and traditional farming practices, insect invasions, grafting techniques, pollinator health, and climate change. She is interested in rare plants, novel insects, threats to nature from within and without, environmental gardening/farming practices, and anyone who has made a career pursuing these things.

Vanessa's countless short and feature articles and columns have appeared in many regional and national publications, including Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Cottage, Garden Making, The Grower, Harrowsmith, Kootenay Life East, Kootenay Living Magazine, Route 3, Small Farm Canada, and Vitality Magazine. Her non-fiction book, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada (Signature Editions, 2013), explores the growing Lyme disease crisis in this country.

Vanessa is also a fiction writer and has written two books: the short story collection The Things She'll Be Leaving Behind (Thistledown Press, 2018) and the historical novel The Haweaters (Signature Editions, 2020). Her short fiction has been published in literary journals across Canada and in the United States, including The Dalhousie Review, dANDelion, filling Station, The New Quarterly, PRECIPICe, Qwerty, and Reed Magazine and her short story, "Napoleon's Eyes", was nominated for the Journey Prize.

Vanessa is currently the President of the BC Interior Chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada and a member of Science Writers and Communicators of Canada.

Huge thanks to the Access Copyright Foundation for their financial support through a Marian Hebb Research Grant (2018) and a Professional Development Grant (2013).