I have recently met some impressive eco-conscious entrepreneurs who are making a real difference by the earth and our health as they try and squeak out a living. In this 2-part blog, I will share with you some of the green businesses these creative people are running.
FarmFare Market - A registered dietitian, Nicole Cormier is a green go-getter who has her hands in everything related to organic, food and local. She runs her nutritional counseling office out of a cute little store in Sandwich, MA where you can buy seasonal fresh vegetables, farm fresh eggs, fresh cold-pressed juices, bulk items like nuts, berries, and beans, specialty food items such as locally made cheeses and organic vanilla, and environmentally friendly products. She also started a farmer’s market in Mashpee, MA, does organic catering, runs wellness workshops for businesses, schools or any group, and hosts a radio show with “nutritionally sustainable topics.” Whew!
Edible Landscapes -A talented musician and gardener, Dave Scandurro’s goal is to make the local food movement even more local by bringing it to you. How? He creates (installs and maintains) low-maintenance perennial edible landscapes on Cape Cod that will feed you and your friends or family for years to come. He specializes in herbs, perennial vegetables, fruits, nuts, beneficial flowers, trees and edible water gardens. Using raised beds, cold frames or interesting swirl designs, Dave’s gardens are fabulous. He also consults and is a whiz at plant identification, finding obscure but beneficial plants like St. John’s wort among your “weeds”.
The Optimist Company – A young mother of two, Devin Donaldson's strong interest in green living led her to make and sell pure cleaning and laundry products. Her powerful, but gentle and of course non-toxic products are made from simple (and pronounceable) ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil soap, Epsom salts and other household ingredients. I use her “Loads of Laughs” natural laundry suds and softener and love it. The attractive packaging is basic and naturally recyclable, reusable, compostable, and biodegradable. Along with the finished products, The Optimist Company provides DIY (do it yourself) kits. You can order her products online.
Each of these young entrepreneurs has a similar mission and a passion for protecting the earth and our health. Each exhibits drive and ambition in a socially responsible way.
Next blog I’ll highlight a few more conscientious green entrepreneurs.
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