A native of New England, Cassidy grew up in Massachusetts and the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. She attended college in Vermont and multiple international universities; studying a range of subjects from ethnomusicology to environmental sustainability, ultimately receiving a BA in Environmental Studies. She spent many years in New England managing a three generational farm, being lead horticulturist at a premiere garden center, as well as running her own landscape design and installation business focusing on native species. She and her husband landed in northern AZ to begin building on their off grid property several years ago. When she is not growing and researching Colorado Plateau plants, she is usually out exploring and adventuring in the southwest with her husband, dog, and cat.