Who the heck are you, Heather Wellman?
I am a wife and mother of three children and my family comes first. I am an administrator at a Title I school in Central Colorado. In addition to that, I teach meditation, stress reduction, goal setting, and focus increasing techniques. I have a Ph.D in Conflict Analysis and Resolution Program from Nova Southeastern. I love the earth, and I try everyday to reduce my environmental footprint.
Why are you a Vegan?
I am a vegan for many reasons. I like to say that veganism is a tripod: health, animals, and the environment. So, I am a vegan because it is good for my health, good for the animals, and good for the environment. My husband originally suggested we become vegans as a week long experiment for our health. I have dabbled in vegetarianism but veganism was a whole new leap that I had never been able to sustain. This time, I really buckled down and watch lots of documentaries and did some research. I find the health argument to be compelling. But I have to confess that the health argument is what keeps me vegan. I stay vegan because after watching the videos and doing the research, I can’t imagine eating animals and having it fit in with my value system that includes compassion and nonviolence. I also care deeply about the environment. We are trying to get our carbon footprint to “neutral” which isn’t easy to do. Eating vegan helps a lot.
Why do you homestead?
We own 40 acres in Central Colorado. We are building our own home and farming. We have started one acre of “gardening” and we have 4 chickens (with 5 more on the way). We also have a dog. We want to move a to self sustaining life style. We are basically nature hippies, and we want to live our values by growing our own food without pesticides, building our own home.
What makes you such an expert?
What makes me such an expert–expert enough to write a blog about it and give you advice? Nothing really. Wow! That’s compelling. The truth is honesty and a lived experience. I live in a small town in Colorado. I am living as a vegan and a mother to three children. I have a budget. I can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods (not that I live near one anyway!). I make mistakes. I do tons and tons of research (after all, I am a researcher). I want to share this with you. I am more than happy to share where I fail with you. But I also want to share where I succeed. Together, maybe we can navigate the journey of veganism and homesteading successfully.
What is you blog about?
My blog is about a lot of things. This blog is about being a vegan in Colorado. It is about how to be a vegan when you don’t have access to vegan restaurants, whole foods, or even a huge budget. I have three kids, and I have made the choice to talk about how I deal with raising vegan children and not vegan children. Some bloggers don’t talk about their kids. I totally respect that. But for me, I have decided that I want to share it with you so you can see my full experience. It is about how to create a homestead and how to live a life off the land. Basically, this blog is about me, my family, and how to be a quick and dirty vegan.