Hi. I’m Carolyn Nevin.
I became a writer the summer I convinced the neighborhood kids to act in my variety show.
Writing was a hobby growing up, not a recommended career choice for a girl in my family.
Years later I taught biology and physics at a rural high school in Alabama. Our school district became the proud owner of a 21-acre former cotton farm less that two miles from the school.
My principal wanted to develop the property into an outdoor environmental classroom. We had the land, we had the buses to transport our students—I even got my bus driver’s license—but we teachers had no equipment and no money.
That was when I discovered grant writing.
With the grant money we received, we were able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment, such as portable water test kits to use at the small stream on “the farm.”
In the budget for one grant, I included two composting toilets. I had seen them in use at Walden Pond in Massachusetts and thought they would provide a “green” learning opportunity. It was fun teaching about those toilets, which always elicited the typical teenage “yuck” response.
Do YOU need grant money for a project? Let me help!
The farm captured my heart forever. I missed it when I retired early to become a full-time caregiver. I started a blog about it in 2014. It is called Pilgrims at Penney Farm.
Check it out for a sample of my blog posts.
Fast forward to the summer of 2018. We were living in Dallas and took a trip to Taos, New Mexico, where we stayed two nights in an earthship. This was a bucket list trip for me. I had been following architect Michael Reynolds and the development of his off-the- grid earthship designs for twenty years. If you have never heard of an earthship, you are in for some pleasant surprises. Check out Earthship Biotecture.
To my surprise, my husband loved the home and the entire sustainability concept. It was remarkable not having to worry about the power going out during a thunderstorm we experienced one night.
These days we are getting settled in New Hampshire and are looking for property on which to build our own earthship. After some conversations with myself, I have realized now is the time to get to work helping others go green while finding the right products and design for our own sustainable home.
With the climate crisis approaching a point of no return, we humans do not have time to procrastinate.
If we get the earthship we want, I will be giving tours and spreading the word.
Could you use some help spreading the word about your own green business? Just fill out your information on the contact page and I will be in touch within one business day.