Susan von Frank is an organic gardener, plant geek, and proud heritage breed duck mom.
Susan earned a B.A. in Biology from College of Charleston. During her college days, she worked as an research assistant in Addiction Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
Immediately after college, she became an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) personal trainer — considered the “gold standard” in the health & fitness industry. That’s when she met Aaron. Years later, after they married and moved to Greenville, SC, the couple got a house with a large yard, and became increasingly obsessed with all things food and gardening-related: plants, animals, insects, soil, and cooking.
At Tyrant Farms, Susan puts her strong biology, human health, and technical research background to work on a daily basis. That might mean late-night coding, selecting rare seeds for next season’s garden, doing research about duck health, building hugelkultur beds, or working her design magic in Photoshop.
When she’s not in front of a computer, she’s likely in the garden, in the woods foraging, or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, ferments, or adult beverages made with rare home-grown or foraged ingredients.
In addition to their collaboration on Tyrant Farms, Susan and her husband Aaron are cofounders of GrowJourney.com, a USDA certified organic seed & gardening education company. They’re also partners in bitTyrant, a digital media company focused on the intersection of digital advertising, digital copywriting, and design.