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Below is an ever-expanding list of links to people, places, and things that have been an integral part of my journey to a healthy relationship with food, to good health in general, and to a happy heart. Enjoy!
Weed ‘Em and Reap: DaNelle, of Weed ‘Em and Reap fame, is just too cool for school. She’s an urban farmer who gardens, raises goats, and rocks my world with her traditionally-prepared grain recipes. She’s part of the reason I thought I could be well, at a point in my life when I was very sick indeed. Plus, she’s hilarious. Need I say more?
The Mommypotamus: Heather, The Mommypotamus, is a superstar of all things natural and healthy. Like me, she healed her debilitating autoimmune disorder through a switch to real food and a more traditional way of doing life. Aside from being a poster girl for healthy living, she has a lot of really fabulous DIY tips and recipes for all-natural beauty and body care products, as well as cleaning product recipes that can be made much more economically and easily than you might think.
The Elliott Homestead: I want to be like Shaye Elliott when I grow up. She, her husband, her kids, her chickens, her milk cow, her hogs, her sheep, her ducks, her garden, and her orchard all coexist on a little farm much like the one I aspire to be part of eventually. Juggling all of those things, she is basically superwoman, while managing to be authentic and open about the pros and cons, the struggles and victories of her journey. In addition to her blog, check out her cookbook, which is in my kitchen getting food-stained on a nearly constant basis.
Joel Salatin: If you do nothing else, today, put one of Joel Salatin’s books on your to-read list – and then read it. For real. A writer, scientist, thinker, and farmer, Joel Salatin is full of common sense, deep thought, and revolutionary ideas worth looking into.
The Weston A. Price Foundation: My journey from sickness to health, has led me and my family to eat more similarly to a WAPF diet than anything else, though with our close proximity to the most delicious Mexican restaurant ever, I would never claim we are on a “diet.” This is a great place to find sources for raw dairy and other locally produced food.
Pokrov Farm – our family’s source for raw dairy: John and Genevieve and their beautiful family operate this small farm in Sandy, Oregon. They sell the best milk I have EVER tasted, and have safety, quality, health, and economy at the top of their list of priorities. They take very good care of their animals and their customers. Through the purchase of a “herd share” to stay in compliance with Oregon laws, we get a weekly supply of milk, along with any cream, butter, yogurt starters, etc., we might want. They even make chocolate milk and kombucha! Pokrov Farm also sells beef shares at a very, very good price, so if you’re looking for the highest quality pastured cow products and you’re in the area, check them out. And hey, mention my name while you’re there. 😉