What Services / Products Does Your Business Provide?
As a Food Educator, I offer spirited workshops, demos, and speaking engagements that guide people toward living juicy lives by cooking from scratch with real, local, sustainable food! I help people from all backgrounds and geographic locations become creative and curious home cooks by helping them to recognize sustainable food as a link and a bridge to much larger issues and a much juicier, more authentic life. I work with colleges/universities, non-profits, in workplaces, speak at conferences, and much more! For select organizations, I also offer food education curriculum development and consulting as well as educational training for teachers who wish to bring food education into their classrooms.
How Long Have You Been In Business?
I just hit the two year mark!
Why Did You Start Your Business?
I started my business because I couldn't imagine working for other people anymore! Three years ago, I went to a psychic who read me like a book, told me all of my deepest secrets, and also told me that I needed to quit my job and work for myself. I followed her instructions to a T! I wanted to be able to share my vision, my particular spin on food education and sustainable food, and my talents in a way that mattered to me. I wanted to be selective and intentional about who I worked with. I wanted to be more creative, more ballsy, more myself. Creating my own structure and my own professional framework allowed me to do this!
What Has Been The Toughest Part About Being In Business For Yourself?
Being a Black woman in business has been the most challenging part of being an entrepreneur. I'm young, outspoken, and hardworking. People don't take too well to women who are strong and confident. On a day to day basis, I experience really exhausting microagressions that have the potential to derail me from my work, spiritual path, and overarching vision for myself. However, I'm really serious about my everyday wellness practice and at this point, I know how to shrug off people's projections and continue to deliver stellar work! Additionally, I think that at this particular juncture in society, people are often interested in quick fixes and instant gratification. My work is a very intentional response to our cultural obsession with quick fixes and outsourcing important experiences. Creating a brand and a body of work that is about slowing down, creating food (and life experiences) from scratch, resisting the industrial food complex, and creating an authentic life composed of sustainable food and sustainable practices can be a hard sell for some people. Despite all of these challenges, I've had enough success in my work so far that I know that there are supportive, interested people who want to do this work and want to hire me to help them to do this work. I've learned that my work and my expertise isn't for everyone and I'm grateful for this revelation! I have met so many lovely people who are on board and I'm thankful for these people!
What Was Your Dream Job As A Kid And Why?
As a kid, I always assumed that I would work in the arts. In fact, I worked in arts education through my very early 20's and then eventually left that world to farm and garden. Farming and gardening was the bridge to my current work. Although it's been some time since I've worked in the arts, working in arts education gave me a solid background as an educator and a really lovely understanding of how to improvise, be creative, and work with a myriad of different people.
What Woman Inspires You And Why?
I can't say that one woman in particular has inspired me, but I have been incredibly inspired by women writers. I've read around 40 books so far this year and I think that there's something really powerful about women writers as they create, imagine, and reimagine the world that we live in. Some of my favorite writers from this year have been Danzy Senna, Karen Thompson Walker, Celeste Ng, Naomi Jackson, Sarah Domet, Amy Bloom, and Chinelo Okparanta. Reading inspires my work as an educator, speaker, and home cook more than anything else! Reading ignites my senses, challenges me, and helps to coax out my creativity.
What Will Be The Biggest Challenge For The Generation Of Black Women Behind You?
In my terribly humble opinion, worthiness might be a fairly large challenge for the generation of Black women behind me. In a world that is ruled by technology and trauma, Black women are often taught that happiness is a far fetched goal. Although I believe that technology is an excellent tool, I hope, more than anything, that Black women behind me make the intentional decision to spend much more time offline and much more time with one another, in nature, with people that they care about, deeply immersed in their hobbies and passions. A life brimming with high self-worth is possible and young Black women are deserving of it!
Where Can We Find You And Your Business?