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I am a farmer, farm educator, wife and mom, raising goats and ag awareness in Massachusetts. Reconnecting people with the Earth has been a way of life for me since I can remember, but food didn't come to the fore, until college at Michigan State University. I wrote "Personal Milkers: A Primer to Nigerian Dwarf Goats," to help people get control of their own milk supply without needing a lot of land. One of my favorite things is watching that "oh, I get it" look on people's face when they understand they can make a difference for their children, and themselves, with their own choices.

I also am a soapmaker, using our goat milk to make all natural soaps and lotions. I've learned a lot about the importance of "physical contribution" in starting this business. I value "local sustainable manufacturing" in a whole new way now that I do produce more than goats and knowledge. It's helped me become more balanced in my thoughts about our economy and our world. Before my contribution were limited to those who heard/read my ideas. Now it touches those who buy our soaps at local farmers markets and shows, and brings those concepts home for them to live with.

Along with the farm, I edit a dwarf goat magazine, Ruminations, which helps goat owners become better stewards of their livestock and build a tighter community of smallholders in the US and Canada.

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Friday, November 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Well Intentioned but Short Sighted
What's missing in our basic sustainability education? Find out here, and how that effects our future.

Friday, November 16, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Dear Grassroots Nation How Patient Are You?
(1 comments) Working on a new idea seems impossible. A new direction misses old definition. Read, share and help if you can. Thanks.

Thursday, November 15, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Flame Village
Think our project is too big. See how it makes sense. A little bit of dreaming makes things possible.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Sustainability =
(2 comments) What is sustainability? Where do we start?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
An Ark of Adaptability
(2 comments) Sandy taught many that we need to plan for a different world with climate shifting. Read and see what we're working on, and help build the ark.

Friday, August 10, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Future Building? Listen Now and Demonstrate You Hear Us
Want our votes? Show us that you hear what we're saying. Here's one way.

Saturday, August 4, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Positivity of Sustainability
(3 comments) Is the future scary? Not if you are thinking sustainably. Come see why I think that way.

Thursday, March 12, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A New Dust Bowl From Washington?
(4 comments) There's a new Dust Bowl coming, by way of Washington bureaucracy. NAIS, National Animal Identification System will bury small farms under a mountain of costs and paperwork. Protect your right to choose great food. Help protect small farms and stop NAIS.