In the early 1920s, almost 1 million Black farmers owned 14% of American farmland, but that story is vastly different today. According to the Baltimore Sun, Black farmers lost an astonishing 90% of their land over the years, and today fewer than 50,000 African American farmers, out of a total 3.4 million farmers, remain in business. Farming as a strong source of livelihood for people of African descent is now a distant memory.
What a wonderful feeling to finally have spring upon us at Green Willow Homestead! We had a few “Fool’s Springs” in Shell Lake, WI - but I’ve gotten better at containing my verdant excitement and not jumping the gun. In this first video blog, I share with you what’s happening at Green Willow Homestead for the 2021 season - what we’re planting on the farm, where and how we’re selling our produce, and a few long term goals for the future.
The health benefits of supplementing with holy basil to help treat adrenal fatigue naturally are numerous. After I dealt with months of adrenal fatigue symptoms, it felt like nothing was moving the needle. Once I started supplementing with holy basil, my energy levels began to return back to normal, my brain fog was clearing, and my reaction to stress felt more manageable.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my adrenal fatigue journey, the symptoms I experienced, and how supplementing with holy basil can help alleviate those symptoms - let’s dive in!
Vermicomposting can be a fun way to transform your kitchen waste into nutrient-rich food for your garden and plants. It’s also really satisfying to know that you can do your part to process food and decrease greenhouse gases in our environment. In this episode of the Positively Green Podcast, Suzette teaches us all about how to get started with vermicomposting!
Throwing a sustainable, zero-waste, and ethical wedding does not have to feel impossible. I created this guide as a way to help put all the options in one place. In June of 2019, my husband and I pulled off our very own sustainable wedding and I am so excited to share the eco-friendly an zero-waste options you have at your disposal, hah, you see what I did there?
If you are here as a new bride, congrats! If your here because you want to get your research done before the ring is on your finger, awesome! Take a moment and give yourself a pat on the back for caring enough about the earth to learn how to go about a green wedding.
I want to preface this guide by saying I worked as a wedding photographer for a decade in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. I’ve photographed over 100 couples and thus have seen a lot of different types of weddings, and in turn, have seen first-hand the amount of waste that is produced from the average wedding day. Even then, when I wasn’t the conscious consumer I am today, it raised a red flag in my mind.
In this episode of the Positively Green Podcast, Suzette asks me all her most pressing chicken-keeping questions. There's quite a bit of information you need to know before you get started with hens, as well as myths and misconceptions that need to be de-bunked. I happily share all of my chicken knowledge with Suzette and our listeners - from backyard chickens to scaling up to farming.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gallstones or you think you may be suffering from them, there is a potential way to remove them naturally without surgery. Depending on the size and severity of your gallstones, the gallbladder flush and liver cleanse can help your body pass the gallstones safely and effectively. In this post I’ll share with you why you should consider the cleanse over surgery, the steps of the cleanse, and my experience doing it.
I was diagnosed with gallstones at age 22. After dealing with serious digestion issues, nagging pain in my right shoulder and underneath my right rib, and a surprise breakout of cystic acne along my neck - I went to my doctor for some answers. Immediately he had me go in for an ultrasound on my gallbladder and the diagnosis was gallstones. I had a gallbladder full of them! The solution in his eyes was surgery, but I wanted to do my research first before I had my gallbladder removed at the age of 22.
Episode 40 - Healing Generational Trauma: Connecting with Nature and Community Organizing with Curtis Lee
Youth programs are places where children and young adults find support and camaraderie, often looking to leaders of those programs as mentors and coaches. Sometimes those leaders have been through their own struggles and trauma and use their experiences to guide youth toward better habits and outcomes. One such person is Curtis Lee whose harrowing story about trauma, prison, loss and leadership have made him work with nature as a way of healing trauma, teaching kids about their connection to the larger world, and conservation of our natural spaces.
Getting started with organic vegetable gardening can feel overwhelming, but if you are looking for an excuse to get outside and be more active, then gardening is a step in the right direction. Whether you have 1/2 an acre or upwards of 20 acres, planting a garden to provide you with healthy delicious food surprisingly only takes a bit of planning with a pencil and paper plus some (much needed) time in the sun tending to it. In this post, I’m going to show you how I got myself organized to try my hand at organic gardening. Are you ready to plan your pants off?!
In this episode of the Positively Green Podcast, we have guest Sandrine Malary. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Sandrine Malary is part of a new generation of Haitian artists who maintain close ties to their motherland and its culture. We discuss all things gardening, building community amidst a pandemic, and home birth.
Thanks for stopping by Green Willow Homestead! From chicken rearing to composting, we've got our hands full and we love sharing what we've learned along the way. Follow along as we turn the 80 acres we call home into a farm that serves its community and a homestead that nourishes us throughout the seasons.
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3. As Long As Grass Grows
4. The Small Scale Poultry Flock
5. The Zero Waste Solution