Stone cairn on the labyrinth at The Lodge at Woodloch

Sam Lindenmuth
Holistic Orchardist

Sam Lindenmuth, a.k.a. The Dirt Doctor is a Holistic Orchardist with a love for the plant kingdom and a passion for the natural world. He joined the team at The Lodge at Woodloch in early 2019. From an early age, Sam felt called to immerse himself in nature as much as possible. While growing up in Perkasie, a small town in scenic Bucks County, PA, he looked forward to Boy Scout trips and exploring the creek behind his house each summer in a constant seek for knowledge. This desire for knowledge continued into his adult life. Reaching the rank of Eagle Scout became the first honor in Sam’s drive to be an experienced outdoorsman. 
    
At 18, Sam moved to Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia University, graduating with a degree in Environmental Sustainability. During his studies he particularly found interest in today’s industrialized food system with hopes to find ways to make positive changes in the way people think about food. After realizing that city life was not for him, Sam became an intern at a small-scale organic farm that felt like his natural surroundings. His career began with little knowledge of agriculture, but he built his skills and expertise quickly with his hands-on experience at the Anthill Farm in Honesdale, PA. During his time at the farm he helped to plan, develop, and implement a 20-acre perennial farming operation based on the principles of permaculture. 
    
His seven years of experience covered many aspects of agriculture ranging from annual fruit and vegetables to grass-fed beef and pastured poultry (just to name a few). With a well-rounded background in all that farming had to offer, it was within the orchard that Sam found his true calling. He began to understand that by mimicking the forest it was possible to create biologically diverse ecosystems that not only provides nutrient dense foods for humanity, but also regenerates the health of the planet. Sam firmly believes that by fostering living soil structures it is possible to feed earth’s creatures at the very beginning of the food web. In doing so we nurture and rejuvenate Mother Nature from the ground up which results in the ability to detoxify and nourish our own mind, body, and soul.