About

Megan is a food historian, herbalist, oenophile, ecologist, and artist. Her interests in plants are boundless, encompassing foods, medicines, dyes, fibers, folklore, and more.

Megan Stypulkoski is an illustrator and herbalist based in Morris County, NJ. From an early age, she knew she wanted to learn as much as she could about the plant world and to dedicate herself to promoting a reintegration of humans and natural communities. 

Megan studied chemical ecology and visual arts at Marlboro College (’16). Her work in the natural sciences emphasized plant secondary metabolites, their biosynthesis, ecological and agroecological roles, and ethnobotanical value. She studied topics as diverse as animal exploitation of medicinal plants and the chemistry of mordanting fibers for natural dyes.

Since graduating , she has continued to pursue knowledge on plants, agriculture, and food history. She is passionate about supporting local, farm-based business and was involved with her local farmers market for four years before stepping down to fully pursue her art and herbal farm. She currently volunteers with Farmers Market Coalition and serves on the board of North NJ’s Slow Food chapter.

Megan is currently enrolled in Heart of Herbs Master Herbalism Course and intends to enroll in Winston’s intensive 2-year herbal program.

Megan’s Creations

The Lowly Esculent

Sheep Hill Herbals

Fine Art

Blog

Qualifications & Certifications

Job Title at Company
(2015 – 2016)
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WSET Advanced Level Certification
International Wine Center, NYC (2019)
Awarded by advanced certification from the Wine & Spirit Education trust.


WSET Intermediate Level Certification
International Wine Center, NYC (2018)
Awarded by intermediate certification from the Wine & Spirit Education trust.

Bachelor of Arts in BIOLOGY/Chemical Ecology & PAINTING
Marlboro College, Marlboro VT (2012 – 2016)
My academic work centered on the ecological and ethnobotanical roles of plant secondary metabolites. The main essay in my undergraduate thesis explored the alteration of PSM biosynthesis through the domestication process in plants used for food, medicinal, recreational, and ornamental purposes. My second essay assessed the immunomodulatory role of nectar alkaloids on the Common Eastern Bumblebee (Bombus impatiens). My third essay bridged together my science side and my artistic side through reviewing the psychology of color and the chemistry and ethnobotany of plant dyes. My oil paintings can be viewed here.

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