I'm Katie, a 25-year-old Physiotherapist/waitress/small scale veggie farmer living in Geelong, Australia with my partner and two awesome housemates. From a young age I have always held an interest in the natural world and a strong belief in the conservation of flora and fauna. Alas, I never especially strived to be a 'greenie' or take serious note of human impact on the Earth. My parents brought me up with recycling, composting food scraps and looking after things to ensure longevity, but not too much else. At university, studying healthcare fueled my personal passions for strength training and 'clean eating', things that were predominantly about looking after myself. Constantly in the background of my childhood was exposure to Mum's gardening passion - I never really could comprehend why she did what she did with such zeal. I mean, they're only plants?
Fast-forward a few years to 2015 where I suddenly learned a LOT of information in a short period of time about the shadows behind meat, dairy and egg farming, about human impact on the vulnerable environment that supports us, and about choice. The beginning of 2016 saw me transition from eating an omnivorous diet to a vegan one almost overnight and, in following months, set regular personal goals to reduce my waste output by 80%, stop buying any new clothes (excepting only fairtrade, sustainable materials), and sustain a productive home garden. My partner and I now also do much more, like bake all our own bread, brew Kombucha, completely avoid plastic bags, recycle soft plastic packaging, make our own timber planters, and create natural cleaning products and toiletries. Cultivating our Blue House Garden has been the most exciting, rewarding experience of all these and I now know what Mum was feeling all those years, it is unlike anything else! Now in 2017, I can call myself a "farmer", having started up a small experimental patch on certified biodynamic soil in Inverleigh, 28km from Geelong, with another veggie-mad friend.
I still cannot believe how far these changes have brought me and how much I have learned about the absolute necessity for all of us to actively minimise our impact on the planet. Seeds represent something small, simple and seemingly insignificant (such as an idea or action) that, with the right environment, can morph into something so, so much more. I have created SEED to educate anyone and everyone, especially those at university or under financial strain, about why we can't afford to be complacent and how to create better habits easily and cheaply. I also invite everyone to learn the importance of understanding where food comes from and why supporting locals is the best thing you can do. Please browse these pages with an open mind and take from them as you please.
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