Welcome to your home for the tricks of the trade for living sustainably and queerly in the city. We are here to bring you our recipes and adventures in the kitchen, in the garden, and in the city at large so that you can live a healthier life and enjoy it more, too!

Please enjoy our regular blogging, our interactions with local leaders in sustainability and farming, and our approach to keeping the future of food bright for everyone in our community. We are excited to add audio and visual components to our little operation here in the near future. We are also open to suggestions, so if there’s something you want to see, please let us know!

Finally, as you are going out into the world, consider how you are sustainable. Consider how you could be a more “Sustainable You.” Rachel is  developing some webinars and workshops regarding this concept to get you pumped about the idea of improving your sustainability and, thus, improving your life. Join us as we seek to make the world a more sustainable place!

Our latest blog entries below…

Sustainably Queer – Temporarily On Hiatus

Hello everyone! It’s been an interesting summer for us! As you may have noticed, if you were a constant reader or a casual observer of date stamps, that our blogging has dropped off in recent months. We are temporarily and intentionally on hiatus. We are still very sustainable and very queer. We are still committed to this blog and the type of writing and topics that you have come to expect. However, a rash of personal circumstances have caused us to be less available for spending time with Sustainably Queer this season. Don’t worry though! We have every intention of continuing when the seas calm down. We are going to bring back SQ in a few months and it will come with a big announcement or two. Change is a constant, but you can be sure that we will always have interesting content for you and will probably be making things way more interesting VERY soon. Until then, connect with us on our personal Instagram accounts @kristlyuen and @rachelschipull for amazing pictures of the pets and the delicious food we are eating. We can always be reached at...

SQ Nature Break – 10 Day Instagram Challenge

It’s June in Chicago. Which means that it’s sometimes warm and sometimes cool, but it really does feel good to get outside. However, for a lot of city dwellers, those of us at SQ included, we still find ourselves cooped up inside regardless of the weather, working, starting at computers, and not really enjoying all that nature has to offer. No matter where you live, it can be a struggle to disconnect and go sit out in the yard for a few. So, we wanted to issue a challenge and make it visual. We want you to commit to 10 days of spending at least 10 minutes outside, in a spot of your choosing, and post a pic each day on Instagram, with the hashtag #SQNatureBreak. Sounds easy, right? Challenges are all about commitment and accountability. We’ll be participating right along with you, but we want to know who is in. Sign up through this link and we’ll send you an intro email the day the challenge starts with some suggestions to make it go smoothly. If you don’t use Instagram, you are still welcome to participate, you can even post the pictures in our Facebook Group! Remember, this is about taking a break from the hustle and bustle and chilling out with the birds and the trees. Or the bees, if you are into that. Everybody needs a  little SQ Nature Break. The challenge starts Wednesday, June 17th, sign up...

Farmer Interview – Jody Osmund – Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

We’re back! Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few weeks, we’ve been dealing with some unforeseen circumstances in our household. Nevertheless, we’re working on getting back on track, and we have a special treat for you! Below is the first part of a two part interview with Jody Osmund of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm. Jody wears a lot of hats when it comes to advocating for sustainable local food in our region. This first part will cover his farm specifically, and in part two you will hear him talk about his work with Band of Farmers, the Chicagoland CSA coalition.  In a paragraph or two, please introduce yourself and tell us about how you became a farmer (what did you do before farming, how did you make the transition, how did your family adjust, etc.). I grew up on a diverse grain and livestock farm - cattle and hogs, oats, wheat, hay, corn, and soybeans. My mom kept a flock of 150 laying hens and egg sales supplemented the grocery budget.  I was mostly involved in taking care of the animals, and I spent a lot of time helping in the ¼ acre family garden. This background, however, was not a straight line to me becoming a farmer.  I graduated from high school in the middle of the farm crisis of the late 1980’s. Farming as a career looked pretty bleak, so I went off to college and a professional career. Fast forward a decade and a half…  On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was at an apple orchard in the northwest suburbs with...

What to Grow If You Are a New Gardener

Chicago has been slowly slipping into something that feels like spring for a couple weeks, but the plants don’t care about “perfect spring weather.” They’ve been poppin’ out flowers and leaves like it is actually warm every day. Plants make their decisions based on nighttime temps, hours of daylight, and precipitation. They aren’t as moody as we are. All this is to say it’s TIME to start thinking about your GARDEN. People ask me all the time what they should grow. They like to ask me what they should they should grow if… They have a lot of shade in their yard They have a black thumb, and nothing ever grows for them They have poor soil They have nosy pets They want a challenge They are plagued by squirrels or rabbits They get a lot of sun They are a new gardener They don’t have a lot of time and will probably forget about vegetables They have kids Obviously, the list could go on. I will hopefully have time to tackle a few of these the next few weeks, because it’s time to start growing, no matter what your limitation. Today, I will start with what to grow if you are a new gardener: Green Beans - If you like to eat green beans, then you are in luck, because green beans grow like hot cakes in the Midwest. Follow the directions on the seed packet and you are good to go. They are very prolific and hard to mess up. They don’t have a lot of common diseases or predators. Pretty safe bet. You simply must make sure that you select...

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