Oh, hi there. It’s been a few years, hasn’t it? Sustainably Queer was on hiatus for a while and perhaps you thought you’d seen the last of our plucky queer urban homesteading blog. Well, we’re excited to say that we’re bringing SQ back! We’re bursting with ideas and things to share, but first let’s catch up on what we’ve been up to since our last post in the summer of 2015.
Back then, we were living in Chicago. Kristl owned a busy acupuncture clinic on the North Side and Rachel was planning on working in urban agriculture in the city, while adding more interesting content to SQ. In May of 2015, Rachel was diagnosed with a serious infection that required emergency surgery, over a week in the hospital, and months of home health care. We initially tried to keep the blog going, but it proved to be more than we could handle at the time.
This life and death emergency caused us to reevaluate our priorities and shake things up a bit. Kristl sold her practice and we moved to the Triangle area of North Carolina in the fall of 2015. Our transition to North Carolina was a bit rocky and, sadly, sustainability ended up taking a backseat as we focused on merely surviving for a while there. Some of the upsides were that we started (and later ended) a business through which we launched a podcast, taught some online courses, and, most importantly, learned a ton about ourselves. Also, Rachel was able to do some work for a production farm and we’ve been able to spend way more time out in nature - hiking, kayaking and exploring - now that it’s so close to home.
During our first two years in North Carolina, we lived in Chapel Hill, which is very much a college town and we never quite felt like we fit there. We have recently moved to nearby Durham, and it has proved to be a much-needed shift. Durham really feels like home and has helped us get our groove back, y’all!
Durham might not always register nationally when it comes to sustainability initiatives and green living, but this city is known for grassroots work and there are tons of folks pushing hard to make Durham more sustainable. We’ve only been living here a few months and we have so many cool programs and businesses to tell you about, like Durham GreenToGo, Fillaree, CompostNow, Ungraded Produce, Don’t Waste Durham, and more!
In personal news, Rachel has recently started as the Sustainability Steward of Pie Pan Inc, a small restaurant group in town which is a B Corp--a Benefit Corporation, benefiting People, Planet, and profit, in that order--and she’s been having a blast helping them with both their environmental sustainability efforts as well as advising on the sustainability of the business as a whole. Kristl has been working remotely for a tech company for about 18 months and she loves it. It’s basically the best combination of the flexibility you get from entrepreneurship and the stability you get from a job - she couldn’t imagine a better job for her.
We’re looking forward to writing about sustainability in Durham and also about our experience being queer in Durham and the culture of the US South. We excited about creating posts that will give you actionable info to help you live more sustainably, and throwing in some personal reflection/info posts--because we all know how popular “Nine on the Ninth” used to be (New readers: feel free to search the archives for those gems.)
We hope you are here for the next phase of Sustainably Queer, because we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re reducing, reusing AND recycling. If there’s any content you want to see from us, be sure to reach out at hello(at)sustainablyqueer(dot)com and follow us on social media. We’d love to hear from you!