Young Hippy Mums

Tessa - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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This is a thread for those who are organically minded, eco minded young hippies raising the next generation of hippies..... What I like to call NextGen Hippies!!
Anything from alternative parenting, to alternative living and more specifically organic living among us young hippy mummies.

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Jungle - posted on 06/16/2014

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hey, ladies :) Junglehart here. Found out two days ago I'm expecting...
Living a gluten/dairy free diet with minimal fish when I feel particularly ravenous
Any dieting tips I should be aware of?
Thanks ladies :)

Stefanie - posted on 07/30/2009

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Yeah, we don't do beef either. We eat bison once a week at most.
I forgot to add that we are a fluoride-free family as well. That stuff is horrible! We drink RO water instead of our city water.

Kate CP - posted on 07/30/2009

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Well, I dunno if I would call myself a "hippie mom" but I do lean that way. I make my own baby food, breastfeed, natural birth (wish I could home birth but I'm high risk), do as much organic whole foods as I can (no beef, thankyouverymuch), and this time around we're probably going to do cloth diapers. Oh, and no sodium laurel sulfates. I'm highly allergic to that crap. Don't know why people allow themselves to come in contact with that stuff. :P

Stefanie - posted on 07/30/2009

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I'm pretty "Crunchy". Or at least I've been told I "out do the hippies". LOL

Let's see:
We live in a townhouse (rent) for now but are currently planning our house that we will build ourselves. We hope to make it one of the most energy and earth friendly houses in the world (no joke. we hope to set a record). It will take some time though as we are dedicated to doing it debt free.

For now, we live as chemical/plastic free and earth friendly as possible. I make all our own cleaners and body products. We buy Organic and partially Raw foods that are from our state. I cloth diaper, breastfeed and wear my children. We have a lot of farms and orchards around here where we can go pick our own food and we love that. Can't get much fresher than that! I make everything from scratch when I cook and sew everyone's clothing except my husband's (his are too complex and expensive, business suit dress). We do an un-plug night at least once a week where we don't use *anything* that uses electricity. The kids think it's fun to light up candles and such and play board games. We have a van right now but plan to upgrade to the hybrid van when it finally comes out and my husband is going to get either an electric motorcycle or a hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle. We are growing some bean plants now but b/c we are renting we can't do too much. We recycle as much as possible and only set out one trash bag a week. Our kids also have natural wood toys and we sleep on natural mattresses. My oldest kids were natural births in a hospital and my baby was an organic pregnancy and home birth with a midwife and I decided to encapsulate the placenta which helped SO much in healing and emotional health afterward.

I'm sure there is more but we are not even close to where we want to be. We have so many plans for our house I can hardly wait!
It's nice to see other like minded mothers!

Tessa - posted on 07/30/2009

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Vicki, if you get a little balcony you can grow almost anything!! Let us know how you go with moving apartments.

Tessa - posted on 07/29/2009

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Tomatoes as a winter crop? You're lucky!! Where are you?
We have too many frosts to grow tomatoes in winter, I have to wait until september to put my seeds in undercover and october to put them out in the ground!
I have potatoes, lettuce, radish, spring onions, snow peas, beans, silverbeet, kale, pak choy, celery, nasturtiams, beetroot has just gone in and starting to germinate now (a little late I fear so we will eat these in spring)
We only got this property a year ago, so we're nowhere near as sufficient as we'd like to be, but he have plenty of time to get there. The main thing is that we have it ready for our kids and grandkids.
With hubby at work most of the time and a 2 yr old I haven't been able to do a hell of a lot but am happy that we've put our fruit orchard in this year, we still have our nut trees to put in the ground and I will focus on vines next year.
Atm I'm planning out our berry crops. I've just got hold of raspberry canes and my blueberry has finally come back from the lamb attack it suffered a couple months ago! I'm having trouble finding elderberries and marionberries, but i'm determined to get them somehow so we'll see!
I'm still waiting on hubby to finish the chook house before I get more chooks, the foxes took our last lot.
I too love the fact that our kids will know where food really comes from.
I'd love to have frogs, but as we've just started they're not near the house in any great number. Our property consists of 30 acres of native scrub land so they hide out in there!
Our shopping pretty much consists of fresh fruit and veg mostly grown within 300km of here. I'd like it to be closer but we're surrounded by grain farmers, not vege farmers so until our gardens get going, we haven't much choice. We also buy dairy products grown in our state because we dont have a cow yet and our state doesn't use GM crops.... yet!! The shelf stuff we buy is wholemeal pasta and flour and olive oil. Tea, sultanas and tomato sauces are our little treats so we buy organic australian made products as WA doesn't make these yet! We also buy vinegar for cleaning, and bi carb from the stockfeeds for $20/25kg also for cleaning and to boost our clothes washing liquid.
Our dishwashing liquid, clothes liquid and body care products are all organic and australian made as they end up going into our grey water and then onto and into our food. Not to mention we don't want chemicals in our home or on our bodies.
Worm farm and compost are of course basics here.
My next challenge is an 'organic' pregnancy and birth, also finding organic infant care products as we only started when Hannah was born and became full on a year ago. So I have no glass bottles. I do plan to breast feed, but will prepare for the worst as we're 50km from the nearest shops and can't just duck down the road for anything. Not to mention being a rural farming town, organic is kinda unheard of here. We also have no organic cloth nappies. My one sin is using disposables, I'm trying to get Hannah into knickers now, but that's another story altogether. I plan on using real nappies for this bub if we can get another water tank or surplus enough water on the side to wash them in... no scheme water or nappy services here!
I may have already joined that one, I'm not sure!

Vicki - posted on 07/28/2009

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Nothing really workable at this point unfortunately... I'm hoping to move to a bigger suite with a nice balcony (corner suite!) soon, if they allow it. Maybe I can get one of those upside down tomato planters LOL. :)

Kylie - posted on 07/28/2009

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90 acres! im jealous we do our best with our 700sm block, im growing winter vegies like potatoes, tomatoes, asian greens and lettuce at the moment in a 4 bed rotation crop system. Got quite a few fruit frees and vines. We have worm farms, compost, a couple of chickens, solar power and rain water tanks. I think it's exciting my children know how real food grows and tastes. We are not nearly self sufficient but we are getting there. I have a heap of frogs in my back yard because we do all our gardening organically. My house needs a bit of work..we recycle but i still use chemical cleaners and buy far to many things with excessive packaging etc...slowly slowly
You should join the green moms community if you haven't already.

Tessa - posted on 07/28/2009

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Hi Vicki... Welcome!
Do you have a yard or Verandah space for a few pots?
You'd be surpirised what you CAN grow in small spaces and with little time.

Tessa - posted on 07/28/2009

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I'm a dedicated organic minded SAHM.


We grow our own food organically, are on 90 acres on our way to self sufficiency and live as organically as we possibly can in today's society full of pollutants and chemical based everythings!


Would be great to meet some other mums of similar age and mind. We've been on this journey now for 2 years thanks to our daughter Hannah Hope. If it wasn't for her we would never have rethought the way we live and we would never have come out here to start such a long hard journey. Our children are an inspiration to us all!!


We eat food grown as close to home as possible and organic where we can afford or grow it. Our home cleaning and body products are all organic. Our home was built with solar hot water, water tank, composting toilet and grey water system for water recycling.

Our medicines are homeopathic and herbal based.

We do what we can and are always finding more ways to do more.

Tell us about yourself and what you do!

Vicki - posted on 07/28/2009

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LOL This is great. A friend of mine mentionned that I must be a "hippy mom" because of my breast feeding and cloth diapering ways. I don't grow my own crops... but that'd be nice.

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