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My name is Aubrey and I am a proud wife and mother to two little girls. The combination of buying our home (as in, we have our own yard!) and our newest baby (as in, homemade baby food!) created a catalyst that provoked my interest in gardening. In researching this hobby I came across so much information that really made me question mainstream food-- produce in particular. The chemicals and preservatives alone made the mother in me cringe, not to mention what the cook in me thought about the difference in taste and freshness.
I joined our local CSA, made weekly visits to the farmer's market, and watched (too many) documentaries. Which brings us to reconnecting with nature, a shift which our family has embraced. I can't help but feel like this is a cause I really, really want to share with others. Although a lot of this is based around food (after all, we depend on it. What we eat determines our sleep patterns, our temperament, our health), there is a broader underlying theme that I hope to touch on.
Please join me and my family as I share with you our experiments in the kitchen and our adventures outdoors. I'd love to hear from you, so feel free to email me at email@example.com
My name is Jill and I have two awe-inspiring and delightful children. I live in the ruggedly beautiful Southwest and love snacking, yoga, hiking and being with my Family. I have a Master’s in Physiology and am a natural nutrition fanatic.
I also manage a diabetes lab at the University. When I was working on my Master’s I came across studies about high fructose corn syrup and obesity and from that point on I am continually disturbed by all the processed ingredients we consume and the ill effects they have on our bodies. I focus on changing diets by starting small, like improving the snacks that families rely on. To that effect in my spare time I run the blog Healthy Kiddo Snacks (www.healthykiddosnacks.com) where I try to pass on the things I’ve learned about children and nutrition.
In addition I teach at the local Community College, where I teach Biology classes. My new pet project is a class about Plants and People, where my students learn about how we rely on plants and how we have altered so many of the foods we consume. I love the way that it opens their eyes and changes their habits. I hope that the information I provide serves as a resource for everyone making that life changing jump to a healthy, natural diet.
Ash is the creator and alchemist behind Wild Rose, a blend of aromatherapy-based skin care and herbal goodies for everyone. She specializes in all things DIY and sustainable, placing a strong ethic on everything in her life, including Wild Rose.
"I'm fortunate to live in an ideal herb-growing environment and have an extensive local network of earth-conscious distributors as well. All herbs are either organically grown (many in my own garden) or ethically wildcrafted (many collected in my bioregion). When I can't source a material myself, I strive to support my local distributors who share my values of quality and sustainability."
Aside from aromatherapy, Ash has an extensive knowledge of homesteading and survival skills, having lived off the grid for two years.
"I try to incorporate this skill set into my current urban setting as much as possible. I think we all can benefit from reconnecting to nature, whether it be a kitchen window herb garden, wildcrafting goodies on a hike or devoting a plot of land to sustainable agriculture."
She is also an avid crafter and runs a second Etsy shop as a hobby, Wild Rose Arts. Here she features hand drawn, carved and printed screen and block prints, all made with environmentally friendly inks and sweatshop-free garments. Ash is always happy to answer questions and welcomes custom order requests. Keep an eye out for her products at your favorite local and internet retailers, or stop by her Etsy shops for more info.
Leslie is the owner and Master Brewer at Kombuchick Bar, a Hampton Roads- based kombucha and herbal libations cantina. Leslie has been brewing kombucha for years and decided to go into business when she found her kombucha hobby was growing too big for her townhouse kitchen.
“I learned early in my kombucha days that it’s bad juju (bad luck) to sell kombucha cultures, that they should be given away in hopes of helping to make the world a better, healthier place to live. That’s why I gave my surplus cultures away. That’s what I believe and that’s what my company stands behind: good brew juju. A bevolution (beverage revolution) that--at least I’d like to think-- will help to heal the people of the planet.”
In addition to running her company, Leslie has traveled the world and sampled, studied, researched and sampled fine tea and herbal products. Her brewing advice has been sought by tea rooms and production companies, nationally renowned websites and local restaurateurs. She brings a wealth of knowledge about tea blending and fermentation to Homegrown & Healthy and never runs out of creative things to do with tea.
Stop by Kombuchick Bar to say hello to Leslie or one of the green baristas. You can learn more about Kombuchick at www.kombuchick.com, and even order your own kombucha or wheatgrass products.
What I do: I am a stay-at-home mom, but I'm also writing my dissertation to finish a PhD in English Literature. My husband is a medical student and my son, Phineas, is a year old.
How I cook: My love of reading led me to a love of cookbooks, which led me to the kitchen about seven years ago. Now I cook just about everything we eat, and we'll eat just about anything! We have been receiving a CSA share from Ambrose Family Farm for over a year now.
What you should know: I consider myself a recipe connoisseur: I don't devise many myself, but I can spot a good one a mile away. So, for the purposes of this site, let me be your recipe director! I'll show you the good ones, all while avoiding copyright infringement like the principled student I am.