Susan Clark has been an organic farmer, a writer, a photographer, and a sustainability advocate. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Oregonian, the Capital Press, Permaculture Activist, and Small Farm Journal.
The Editor of In Good Tilth selected her as Contributor of the Year and she was selected to be one of the Oregonian’s Community Writers.
Her article “We Have Only Just Begun” was selected by Utne Reader for special mention, and she was a regular contributor to In Good Tilth and Touch the Soil. Her column for writers ran in Writers on the Rise for two years.
She and her husband Will Newman are life members of Oregon Tilth and the Home Orchard Society and are certified Permaculture designers.
For many years her off-farm career was in social services administration where she and her staff provided help to low income children and families, giving her a personal understanding of people living on the fringes of society.
For over a decade she has enjoyed spinning and caring for her small flock of sheep and has volunteered for years at the Aurora Colony Historical Museum as a spinner and teacher. She is a member of the Aurora Colony Handspinners Guild and Northwest Regional Spinners Association.