blog entries about the life of starting a small organic business, a look into being a vendor at craft fairs & festivals in british columbia and life on salt spring island, BC

September 20, 2019

1) What made you want to write UNPACKED?

When I was backpacking around Western Europe, I felt alone in the experience and felt the need to document it and share it. When I left Josef in The Pyrenees (spoiler alert–I do leave him), there was so much to–unpack–that I jump...

June 5, 2019

This episode of Make it Bake it Grow it features Anne and Roger Clapham from Clapham’s Beeswax.

Beekeepers since 1971, Anne and Roger Clapham kept bees commercially until 1996. They sold honey, candles and beeswax products at the Granville Market and other retail outlet...

May 20, 2019

*Trigger warning the below goes in detail of my abortion story.*

Two months later I sat in grade twelve English class and tried not to throw up. I couldn’t avoid the smell of unwashed hair and damp, wrinkled clothes that wafted from the boy in front of me. The day befor...

March 3, 2019

This winter Salt Spring was hit with two major storms that left folks without power or water, an incredible amount of fallen trees in their paths, and stuck behind steep driveways packed with snow.

Living in an off-grid cabin in the woods, I felt impervious to the peril...

December 2, 2018

1. Try to avoid them if possible. If the majority of the market is indoors and they've stuck you on the path on the way out, customers are done shopping by the time they've seen you. (And in my case have bi-passed the 17 other soap makers inside before being presented...

October 22, 2018

As a small business owner I feel great responsibility to put out quality products. I need to stand 100% behind my soaps and salves or all the hard work fizzles at the point of sale if I'm not confident with what I have to offer.

When I first started 'the biz' I was intr...

September 7, 2018

Hey Suds Lovers,

Change is in the air. A couple times now it has come up that using the term 'savage' in my business name is problematic for a few different reasons. I've thought hard about it, and I've decided to take the word savage out of savage daughter soap company...

May 8, 2018

 "I nurture the kale and the kale nurtures me."

Business name:

High Vibe Foods

Describe your business:

Mostly kale chips, kale chips and kale chips. There's also sprouted seed crackers and dehydrated fruit of whatever's in season.

I figured out how to make a by-product. By-...

April 27, 2018

Going into the fourth year of business I've finally realized that my time has value. When pricing cost of goods, planning my season of craft fairs and festivals, I have decided to not just brush aside the cost of travel that eats up my calendar.

At the time I shrugged...

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