Welcome! I’m Rachel, the homesteader, hand-maker, and healthy-liver behind This Organic Life. Thank you for stopping by and I invite you to read on to learn a bit more about who the heck I am. :)
Short & Sweet
❀ I was born & raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City.
❀ I currently reside in the Midwest (formerly known to me as “The North”) with my husband Jon, who does lots of neat things – photography being one of them.
❀ I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, focusing on Electronic Media & English and a Masters of Science in Natural Resources, focusing on Environmental Education.
❀ I love coffee, kale, chocolate, and delicious healthy smoothies and juices.
❀ I’ve always loved writing and taking photos, so this blog is a way for me to direct this passion into something that marries many of my other passions!
❀ I plan to start my own (with my husband and potential other interested parties) eco-friendly B&B, organic farm, and education/retreat center in Northern Wisconsin.
❀ I believe that I can truly cultivate a living from combining my many passions and experiences with organic farming, education, nutrition, jewelry making, yoga, herbalism, and photography.
Long & Loving
I’m originally from Nashville, TN, but found myself slowly migrating north as I pursued undergraduate studies in Ohio, which resulted in a degree in electronic media and English.
Along my journey in college, I became deeply drawn to learning more about the environment – this world we live in – and how the health of the earth impacts our own health and vice versa. So rather than continuing down the path of videography and writing that I was initially drawn to as I began college, I ran the other direction toward a life that I found passion, hope, and a deep connection with – environmental sustainability and simplicity.
So after graduation, off I went to Wisconsin to pursue my budding interests in environmental education. I worked at a camp teaching EE to youth from local schools, living in community and becoming even more passionate about living closer to the land as I devoured books on sustainable food systems.
Along the way, I found that I wanted a life closer to the land, and began dreaming (and still do today) of starting my own organic farm for education and outreach, where I can also facilitate retreats and house an eco-friendly B&B. So, I decided to intern on an organic CSA farm in Wisconsin called Wellspring. I spent several months here, where I lived and worked, learning how to grow food, cook with whole foods straight from the farm and simple, healthy ingredients, educate folks about gardening/farming, and basically all it takes to run a farm. It was lovely and magical . . . oh, and exhausting.
I moved on from the hardworking life as a farmer to the hardworking life of a graduate student. I received a graduate fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where I was to spend two years studying for my masters while living and working at Conserve School, an environmentally-focused boarding school in northern WI and Treehaven, the environmental field station of UWSP. . all while earning my Masters of Science in Natural Resources, emphasizing environmental education.
This experience, too, was magical and lovely . . . and exhausting. I loved it, though, and furthered my knowledge in growing food – by working with the garden at Conserve School and starting the very first vegetable and herb garden at Treehaven – and educating. I also taught sustainability and environmental education to the high school students, led wilderness trips, and served as the staff advisor for their environmental club. Lovely. Magical.
Now here I am . . . planted in the city(ies) after finishing grad school, always seeking the simple again amongst this urban landscape. Planning and dreaming up that farm, B&B, and education center. Homesteading. Hand-making. Healthy Living. Doing it all the best I can.
When I’m not doing this bloggy-DIY-small business stuff, I work full-time on an educational organic farm just outside of the Twin Cities.
Oh, and I married my husband Jon in March of 2012. That was pretty special too.
Another one for kicks: my lovely family in Tennessee for the holidays.