Jean S.

Location:

Morristown, NJ

Member since:

February 7, 2014

What's your profession and does it relate to sustainability?

I'm a realtor by day, a professional proofreader and a professional vocalist by night. So unless you count singing to myself as I garden, no! :-) But I always on the lookout for sustainability/Green info I can pass on to my real estate clients, such as energy improvements, Green building practices, etc.

What geographic region do you work/live in?

Live in Rockaway (Morris County), pretty much dead center between the Lincoln Tunnel & the Delaware Water Gap. I work anywhere in the Northern half of NJ.

Do you want to get or share anything particular with the group?

I recently got a worm farm (vermiculture) and would love to learn more about how to do it successfully from others who have done this. So far I've kept them alive for a month or so, but I want to know any tricks anyone else may have learned! Of course I can share what I've learned so far. I want to know more about gardening in very small spaces (my lot is 33 feet wide; I have a 12x12 foot patch of front yard where I grew about 60 pounds of food last year, and a 33-foot-wide by about 60-foot-deep back yard with very little sun except in the front 10 feet of deck), vermiculture, raising bees (haven't tried it yet), raising chickens (ditto) and best composting practices.

Have you had the opportunity to mentor another person? How did you feel about your experience? Have you been on the receiving end of a mentoring relationship?

Not yet. I am involved in another MeetUp Group, Homesteading at Home, where we are trying to set this up, but it hasn't gotten off the ground yet. I am not the organizer, but am trying to be active.

What are members of your organization doing to green your business?

Just trying to put speak to my real estate clients as to sustainability, encourage recycling in my office (sadly, the dream of a "paperless" real estate office is still far off; we are drowning in paper despite e-signatures and cloud storage of documents) and educating myself as much as possible about Green building and home practices so I can pass them on to my colleagues and clients. Sadly, it's an uphill battle, but I put my hippy self into my realtor suit and do my best!

Introduction

Hello! I'm Jean. I am very new to this, had wonderful success last year with my (very tiny) yard and some square-foot-garden type boxes; I'm hoping to expand into cold frames and year-round organic gardening.


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