Enjoy This Organic Life
Enjoy This Organic Life

I'm your classic Gemini. I love engaging in life in a myriad of ways, juggling many different hats to keep things interesting, exciting & to fulfill my many passions. I believe diversity is key to a healthy life full of growth!

Below is a summary of some of the areas in which I have & continue to work. 

Farming

As noted in About, I am passionate about sustainable farming. Growing organic, nourishing food for myself & others while simultaneously contributing to the enrichment of the land & betterment of the community is my everything. Having my hands in the soil & sharing the foods I grow nurtures my soul in ways nothing else can quite compare. Below are the farms that I have been blessed to work with over the years. 

Websites & Writing

Over the course of a few years, I worked with a number of independent businesses & organizations to redesign their websites &/or write newsletters, noted below.

Produce Manager - dill pickle food cooperative

I began with Dill Pickle Food Coop at the beginning of 2013 & quickly spread my love for local, organic produce to the community. I expanded, revamped, & beautified the department in a multitude of ways; my priority was to sell as much local & regional produce at an affordable price. During this time I was also an active voice for Equal Exchange, one of the country's largest Fair Trade worker cooperatives. I was blessed to speak on their behalf at both the Green Festival  & Good Food Festival in Chicago; sharing the importance of supporting fair trade banana production & trade. Other outreach opportunities I participated in were teaching beginning gardening workshops, hosting local farm community workdays and speaking on a panel at Angelic Organics Farm for Stateline Farm Beginnings

menus & recipes 

In 2014, I helped developed Maui's local & organic grocery store, Mana Foods, open their vegan restaurant, Maka by Mana, in the creation of their drink menu. This menu included hand-crafted delicious juices, smoothies & tonics, with of course a priority on local, seasonal ingredients. 

Some of my recipes have also been featured on Kris Carr, a multiple New York Time's Bestseller author and one of my first influential health connoisseurs!

I published my first recipe ebook The Peaceful Palate early in the fall of 2015 - a 63 page PDF that includes 50 of my favorite plant-based recipes. I loved creating this ebook and still make many of these recipes, years later!

Instructor: Homesteading & DIY courses

I have taught workshops on how to make soap, lip balm, lotion, deodorant, and toothpaste from scratch. I love sharing my passion to minimize the use of petroleum-based products, plastics, & ingredients that are harmful for the body & environment. I currently teach primarily with the Driftless Folk School in Viroqua, WI. 

If you're interested in learning more about howI can teach you one-on-one or in a group setting, please feel free to contact me. 

Testimonials

"Loved the teacher and the course. She was engaging and passionate about what she is doing/does and would definitely be someone I would like to take another course with!"

"Kristen was very down to earth, perfectly knowledgeable and able to communicate that knowledge easily, and she created a totally welcoming, fun learning atmosphere.  We loved this course!"

Birth Doula

In 2016, I completed my training as a birth doula. A doula being someone who provides support for a mother (& partner) throughout the pregnancy, birth and in the early days of postpartum. The emotional, physical and practical support a doula shares for a mother and partner, has shown to reduce labor time, complications, babies are healthier & breastfeed more easily. If you are interested in working with Kristen as your doula, or are simply interested in learning more about this practice, I would love to hear from you!