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About Holly

My name is Holly, I am a wife and mother and a passionate steward of the Earth.  I received my BA from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas with a focus in Anthropology. In studying our global human cultures, I became interested in how we affect our local environments around us, and the planet. Essentially, I discovered Environmental Anthropology, or Biocultural Anthropology.

I am incredibly passionate about caring for the environment and try to find as many ways possible to move myself and my family toward being a little greener and living simply. I am inspired by the work of Emilio Moran, a current Environmental Anthropologist at Indiana University.

I am a member of PEO International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to the education of women which  provides thousands of dollars in scholarships annually. Without the aid and support of the women of PEO I would not have completed my BA. I am eternally grateful.

I have a wonderful husband and a beautiful daughter, both of whom have been involuntarily recruited for my studies and experiments, turning an average American family a little bit greener.

We (ok, mostly I) are trying our hands at urban homesteading. It is a slow process. My goal is living a life of simplicity and nurturing skills that are nearly lost in today’s society. Canning, soap making and gardening are just a few of these things.  It takes time practicing new skills and longer sometimes to get it right. Fortunately there is this thing called the Internet which makes research a bit faster.

I am interested in studying urban and suburban mothers-a large part of the population, and have tremendous influence on what gets pushed on US consumers. They have a culture all their own, myths, and  are helping to bring in the next generation of Americans. I think it would be very interesting to see how things would change if the burbs did a little more urban homesteading- and it’s beginning to happen, very very slowly. I think this segment of the US is critical for perpetuating the awareness to care for our environment, and have the power to start doing it now.

In Fall 2010 I will begin pursuing a degree in Nursing, to begin better service in our world.

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  1. March 28, 2009 10:13 am

    I love your site. Keep it up !

  2. littlehousesouthernprairie permalink
    July 27, 2009 11:12 pm

    Hi! I’m doing some of the same homesteading things you are, and came across this blog. Good luck and keep it up! PS my sis is also a grad student at UH (sociology), studying self-sufficient communities.

  3. January 15, 2010 4:32 pm

    Cool, cool site, Holly! Found it on Twitter. I am a student at UHD (moving to UH central this summer). I will graduate next year with a BA in Anthro, then move on the the MA program… then the PhD program. Whew. Quite a journey for moms, eh? Neat to stumble on someone so cool!!!

    • greenanthropology permalink*
      January 16, 2010 12:14 am

      That’s great Johanna! UH is a wonderful school, and I enjoyed the Anthro courses I took there. The MA is currently on hold for me, but I’m desperately trying to keep up-to-date and stay in the student frame of mind. I’m attempting to do my own research on the urban homesteading segment and hoping that the day I set foot on campus again is sooner rather than later.
      Keep me posted on how things are going!

      • January 16, 2010 1:28 am

        Well, I hope to see you there sometime soon then. 🙂 It tends to take mom’s much, much longer than the average student to complete a degree. I’m actually sort of disbelief that I only have a year left. I felt like I was stuck in perpetual undergad land for the rest of my life. I think I stopped considering the fact that one day I would eventually graduate. Lol. I think it finally dawned on me when I had no more core classes, no more minor classes and no more electives that I could take. I woke up and was like “Hey. I think I’m going to graduate soon.”. Haha.

        So, I haven’t seen anything about it on here, but have you kept chicken in the Houston city limits? We badly want to have some, but have been researching, and realized that the laws here are pretty wild for keeping them (A DR.S PRESCRIPTION???). Wondering if anyone has found loopholes they would like to share…

  4. greenanthropology permalink*
    January 16, 2010 2:19 am

    I haven’t looked in great detail about keeping chickens, mostly because my husband dislikes them in the same way he dislikes clowns- they are weird and freakish to him! BUT I hope to someday have a few, just for the eggs. We are out in the NW area, and I believe our HOA would poop their pants if we requested permission for chickens. Wanting to move back inside the Loop where things are a little different. (But a Dr’s Rx? You’re kidding!)

    If you need to take Theories from Dr. Lang and want the DVDs for the telecourse, let me know, I still have them.

    • January 16, 2010 2:38 am

      Wow! We are in the NW burbs, too! We are in a neighborhood at Champion Forest and 1960. Yes, I think our HOA would also crap if we even submitted approval for chickens. SUCH a bummer. I lived in Magnolia on an acre until I was 13 and we always had a veggie garden and chickens (we were also homeschooled and our mom made our toys and clothes, but that’s another story…). I don’t think there is anything greater than having your own eggs if you want to produce some of your own food. The color of them even, is so different. They eat bugs all day and not grain, so the yolks are almost carrot orange, not pale yellow like supermarket eggs. I would love to have a goat too, for milking and making cheese. I know that would be a ridiculous thing to ask the HOA gods for Hahaha.

      • greenanthropology permalink*
        January 16, 2010 3:23 am

        We are in the Cypress area, not far from you at all!
        Yup, seems like we would have to appease the HOA gods with burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I think my husband would be the more difficult sell on the chickens.

        I even tried to convince him on some angora rabbits (c’mon, they’re bunnies!) because I do tons of knitting and crochet and would like to start spinning some of my own fiber. I just got ‘the look’ on that one.

        I told him he’s worse than the HOA.

        I don’t think he’s realized yet how diligent I can be…

  5. July 24, 2011 2:46 am

    Anthro major here. And budding environmentalist. I’m doing the same thing you are, trying to make my own food, soap, gardening. I love this site. You have to post more! I love reading your stuff!!

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