Do you “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without?” Our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everything for next to nothing, have it shipped halfway around the world and then, more often than not, just throw it away. This consumer binge is taking its toll. Diet- and lifestyle-related illnesses are epidemic, our environment is awash in a sea of plastic, our climate is changing, and the cost of everything is skyrocketing with the price of oil. Are we doomed? No way! We can make greener, healthier choices, and we can do it while saving money. Deborah Niemann will share with us ways to make these “cheaper, greener choices for a happier healthier life.”
Deborah Niemann’s Bio
Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, self-sufficiency expert, and the author of Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life. In 2002, she relocated her family from the suburbs of Chicago to a 32-acre parcel on a creek “in the middle of nowhere.” Together, they built their own home and began growing the majority of their own food. Sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys supply meat, eggs and dairy products, while an organic garden and orchard provides fruit and vegetables. A highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader, Deborah presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling. She is also the author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living.