Have you ever been told that your interest in holistic and sustainable living was silly?
That herbs won’t help your health?
That foraging for your food is going to poison your family?
That nobody “homesteads” anymore?
That cooking from scratch is a waste of time?
Because I have.
Nitty Gritty Life is my little corner of the internet were we can peel back the layers of commercialism and modernity to find holistic, sustainable living right where you are. I am a “jill of all trades” that dabbles in too much for my own good — but all the better for all my nitty gritty readers. I promise to share with you real, practical everyday advice for using herbs for health and wellness, for identifying medicinal and edible plants, for homesteading in the 21st century, for tending to a garden to feed and nourish for family, and for cooking and preserving wholesome and traditional foods.
I can’t promise that this Nitty Gritty Life is going to be easy. In fact, there might be times when it is really damn hard. But there is a reward when you actualize holistic and sustainable living that can’t be quantified.
So who am I? I am Devon. I am the mother to a combined family of EIGHT kids and a wife to an amazing man. I tend 20 creek-side acres and continually renovate a 100+ year old homestead in the shadow of the Oregon coastal mountain range. I am a writer, an herbalist, a farmer, and a cook. I am a daydreamer with my bare feet planted firmly in the ground… I am the sum total of self study, academic rigor, and real life experience. I grew up in a family with a strong agricultural tradition and I have cooked since I could see over the counter. After years of self study, I now hold a degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Health Care Sciences, which I pursued after leaving a seven year career in the Oregon wine industry. My first book The Backyard Herbal Apothecary will be published April 2019.