Our Vision: Living Simply Within A Fast-Paced Modern World
Our Mission: To provide simple ideas and habits to live a meaningful life with greater well-being. We help you find freedom within our fast-paced modern world.
Hello and Welcome!
We are excited to be a small part on your journey to a meaningful life. We are all too familiar with the hustle and bustle of the typical modern lifestyle. Thankfully we both started to recognize the stress, overwhelm, and never ending busyness we were feeling and started finding ways to slow down and simplify our lives so that we could focus on the things that mattered most to us.
Whether it is beginning to grow your own food, knowing a little bit more about the items you buy, going back to basics and enjoying a simpler lifestyle, or discovering nature’s goodness, we are here to help you on this journey.
In the early 2000s we were both very focused on regular exercise and caring for ourselves and eventually started also evaluating the foods we were eating and the products we were using around our home and on our bodies. We were shocked at how many harmful pesticides and synthetic ingredients comprise the foods and the soaps, creams, lotions and perfumes that stock the shelves we as consumers are presented with in stores.
Feeling overwhelmed with this new found discovery of all of the toxins we are bombarded with daily, we decided the simplest action we could take was to start growing some of our own food. This way, we could be assured that what we were eating was grown safely and would nourish our bodies.
In 2011, after the purchase of our first home together, we quickly became enthralled with the possibilities of growing food in our small, suburban backyard (less than ¼ acre). We built our very first raised garden beds (since our yard is nothing but hard packed clay) that spring and really truly fell in love with gardening.
Our interest started to extend beyond vegetable gardening, which led to our Permaculture Design certifications as well as furthering our knowledge base by attending other workshops. This education has enabled us to understand more deeply how we can use space in our own backyard to grow our own food, make our own compost, and save our own rainwater.
It took some creativity and compromise, but we have been able to grow a lot of our own food with several raised garden beds and some perennial fruit trees and berry bushes. We can’t grow everything in our backyard, but we can do a lot more than we thought at the beginning of our journey.
In the spring of 2013, we started a community garden in a small strip of land in our back alley where neighbors could pick fresh vegetables. What we thought was going to be a simple vegetable garden turned into a space where neighbors shared their bounties and a place where we were able to connect with people who lived steps away from us, yet we never met before.
We realized how powerful food is for people and through that experience, we decided we wanted to help other people experience this reality. We wanted to help people enjoy and experience the same sense of satisfaction, security and empowerment that has them returning to their garden season after season. Most importantly we wanted to help people do this in whatever size space they have…even if meant just a few containers of veggies.
We started Grow Your Own Freedom in 2014 to share our passion, knowledge and philosophy with others.