I was so honored that fellow lady boss, Kelsey Kerslake, asked to interview me on her amazing podcast Behind The Brand. We talked about all things sustainability in this episode and I hope you give it a listen!
I spoke with Kelsey on how you can incorporate sustainable practices into your own business, even if it isn't a core function of your business. I include four key questions you can ask yourself to complete a simple "sustainability audit" that you can do in just one day.
You also get to hear a TON about my back story and how I wound up here at Green Willow Homestead. It's been a wild ride and I loved being able to reflect with Kelsey on my journey.
Give it a listen below with either the embedded SoundCloud link or click to the episode on iTunes.
We hear these buzzwords quite a bit now and I know for me personally, the definition of sustainable felt murky until I started digging around to understand what it meant.
In this episode, Becca and I chat about what the word "sustainable" means in the context of choosing a greener life.
If you are craving a deeper understanding of this word and it means, then this episode is for you!
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I started my green living journey a decade ago and have learned so much along the way. I developed the Conscious Consumer Method to help us make better purchases for the planet and healthier choices for our wellbeing.
This free downloadable guide is such a great way to dive into a greener lifestyle and I am so jazzed to offer it to you!
My hope is that the Conscious Consumer Method empowers you to take small steps towards living a more sustainable life.
The Conscious Consumer Method includes:
It's surreal to finally be here.
For the last three years, I diligently researched The Holistic Home while supporting myself as a photographer and getting my farm up and running. Within the last year, I wrote and photographed the book while balancing the farm and my photography business. Within the last two months, I designed and edited the ebook while harvesting 200 lbs of squash, caring for 70 chickens, and photographing over 75 clients.
You know what? I loved every second of it.
Creating this resource for you has been such a wonderful experience and I can't wait to get it in your hands. My goal these last three years has been to inspire, motivate, and empower all of us to do better by the earth and I know that The Holistic Home does just that.
The preorder starts today and the ebook officially launches November 23rd. You can learn more about the ebook and reserve your copy here. When you purchase during the preorder you save nearly 20% on the full price of the ebook so hop to it!
Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions. Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
Here's to working in tandem with nature's strengths!
What if there was a platform to learn openly about living sustainably that didn't leave you feeling guilty or overwhelmed? What if you had two super nice ladies teaching and empowering you to make a few small changes here and there in your everyday life that were easy to implement? What if you could listen to a 30-minute podcast every week that got you excited to join in with helping the earth?
Welcome to the Positively Green Podcast!
I have teamed up with the amazing Becca Tetzlaff of Organically Becca. Becca is a skin care guru and holistic living goddess. She is an expert in all things toxin-free beauty, clean living and eating, and a serious dog mom. I couldn't imagine a better partner to round out my crunchy salt-of-the-earth-style here at Green Willow Homestead.
Why do a sustainable living podcast?
I found myself constantly wishing for a better podcast for others that would frame living sustainably in a way that was attainable and nonjudgemental. So often this green life is seen with some serious side eye because people think I don't shave my armpits (I do) or it's an immediate dismissal of, "I don't even know where to begin to help because it's all too overwhelming."
Other figureheads in the sustainable living movement can be extremely polarizing to the millions of us who are just getting started with living sustainably, making us feel like we can never do enough or feel terrible for our past habits. That's not what this show is about.
What are we going to talk about?
Every show we are going to cover a topic for you when it comes to sustainable living. You can expect things like:
Get started by tuning in below! You can listen in on iTunes or our podcast hosting website, Libsyn.
Hi! My name is Kelsey - I am a farmer, photographer, and educator. Sustainable living is my jam so today I want to share with you how my partner, Paul, and I got started with living la vida crunchy!
Living sustainably doesn’t happen in the blink of an eye. Getting to this point in our sustainable living journey took hours of reading and researching, months of trial and error, and years of grit and hard work. I want you to know three things:.
1. That our path hasn’t been perfect. We still throw plastic in our garbage can some days, and convenience still has its moments in my day to day routines.
2. That this process should be fun and not guilt-ridden. Feeling guilty is counterproductive to a sustainable life. If you are railing on yourself constantly for not getting it “right,” ask yourself how long can your willpower stand up to that negative self-talk? Carrying around “green guilt” is the opposite of sustainable.
3. You do not, and I repeat DO NOT, need acres of land, a farm, or a homestead to achieve a sustainable life. Although we have found our own slice of paradise on five acres, it doesn’t mean you can’t also work towards a sustainable life in a suburb or apartment building.
Are ready to learn how I got here? Let’s dive in!
If there is one part of your body routine that you should switch, it would be swapping toxin-laden antiperspirant for natural deodorant. Since the skin of our underarms is exceptionally absorbent, this simple swap can reap enormous benefits for your health. First, I'll share with you my go-to DIY recipe for deodorant and then I'll share the best natural deodorant options I've found on my sustainable living journey.
Things I take into account when choosing my top favorites:
Okay, let's dive in!
Before we jump into natural deodorant options, I want to talk about how you can make the switch from conventional anti-perspirant to natural deodorant as smooth as possible. Your armpits are one of the most absorbent areas of your body, second only to your genitalia. We start applying antiperspirant when we hit puberty, leaving us with decades of clogged underarm pores. All those nasty toxins that conventional deodorants contain like parabens, heavy metals, phthalates take time to detox out of your system. Transitioning to natural deodorant from antiperspirant and all its sweat-stopping aluminum can be a real stopgap for people, myself included.
This was a tough acclimation period for me. I'm talking struggle bus from coast to coast. I suffered from hyperhidrosis as a teenager, meaning I was sweating all the time, even just sitting at my desk at school. Pit stains on the daily. I used such high-level aluminum antiperspirant it had to be prescribed by a doctor. The roll-on liquid stung and gave my underarms a painful rash and it didn't even work. For years I struggled with hyperhidrosis. After college, I finally threw up my arms and stopped using antiperspirant altogether. I had a come-to-Jesus moment while on a long run, my underarms red and chapped, and realized sweating is NORMAL. It's our body's way of excreting toxins. Why was I working so hard to stop this? What would happen if I just let my body do what it kept telling me it needed to do?
Enter the underarm acclimation period! You have to detox and unclog those pores to let your skin breath and your body acclimate to life without antiperspirant. Let's go over my top tips for the underarm acclimation period.
If you love apple cider vinegar then I have got great news for you - this health tonic is incredibly easy to make yourself! Every September, we have a feral apple tree in the back of our farm that gives us about three bushels worth of ripe deliciousness.
Paul and I will head out back with a drop cloth, an apple picker, and a few apple boxes to harvest as many apples as we can. The first flush of fall weather gets us both so excited for crisp mornings and cinnamon spiced goodies, so apple picking is the best way to kick off the month. One of my favorite things to do with all our apples is to make homemade apple cider vinegar. Let’s dive in!
For beginner sustainable farmers there are multiple resources at your fingertips to successfully break ground on your farm, but often you are juggling advice between a dozen different books, articles, and magazines. I remember the stack of information on my coffee table four years ago as I planned and dreamed my way to the first planted heirloom popcorn seed. From accounting to basic soil science, there was so much to know as a wannabe farmer and I was more than overwhelmed. I remember wishing there was a basic manual to teach new farmers the first principles of having a farm.
Start Your Farm achieves exactly that. The authors Forrest Pritchard and Ellen Polishuk are not only incredible farmers but gifted writers as well. It was an honor to be asked to leave a review for their book. Let’s go over why Start Your Farm is a must-have for any aspiring or beginner sustainable farmers, and even some seasoned ones at that.
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to orchard planting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we strive to live sustainably and turn these five acres from just property to a fully functioning small-scale homestead.
Now in Preorder!
1. Joe Salatin
2. Rachel Carson
3. Wendell Berry
4. Temple Grandin
5. Sustainable Dish
6. Zero Waste Home
7. Allan Savory
Favorite Books of 2018
2. Bringing it to the Table
3. Holistic Management
4. The Small Scale Poultry Flock
5. In The Company of Women