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Evelyn Hoyt Frolking
When just a young girl, Evelyn Hoyt Frolking's parents moved their family from the suburbs of Columbus to a 120-acre farm just outside of Granville, Ohio, where farmers around them were growing and producing food. During those years, she remembers drinking fresh-from-the-cow milk and eating her first brown egg. Although her parents weren’t farmers, she grew to cherish rural land and the lifestyle it offered. Today, she lives in Granville on six acres where a large garden and her small flock of chickens provides fresh healthy food.
Evelyn is an educator, writer, and small business owner. She received a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and after a career of teaching English and Journalism in area schools and eventually directing Granville’s independent school, she became an instructor at Denison University where she currently teaches writing to first year students. During her career in education, Evelyn received many awards for her work, most notably a William Fulbright award to teach English in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She also writes for college alumni magazines, and local newspapers and magazines. While living in the Netherlands, Evelyn became fascinated with their floral industry and returned to study European floral design. In 2003, she opened Artiflora, (www.artifloragranville.com) her own home-based design studio. She continues to study floral design abroad.
Tod Frolking, Evelyn’s husband, is a professor of Geography in the Department of Geosciences at Denison University. He received a joint Ph.D. in Geography and Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tod’s research interests include late glacial and river environments of central Ohio, geoarchaeology, and more recently the study of agricultural ecosystems linked to soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. He has traveled widely, often to rural areas with an interest in how people use the land. A former board member of the Licking Land Trust, Tod remains active in the preservation of rural landscapes.