Abbie Walston

My name is Abbie and I’m a farmer’s daughter. I was raised on my family’s 365-year-old farm in Connecticut, which has shaped my lifestyle, parenting, philosophy of education and environmental activism. My husband Ed, our toddler son Joshua and I strive to live simply and sustainably by raising and growing much of our own food, cooking from scratch and reducing our energy consumption. In addition to advocating for local agriculture and natural parenting, I am a high school science teacher, specializing in environmental science, botany, biology and physics.

A Farm of My Own

My family has farmed the same land since at least the 1640’s and my childhood was vastly different from most children in shoreline Connecticut. I felt a deep connection to the land in a way that they could never understand, and my afternoons and weekend were busy and full of life on the farm. ...more
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Why We Raise Our Own Meat

The more I learned about the way meat animals are raised here in the US, the less I liked it. Upon realizing the way animals are treated - raised in close quarters with tails or beaks cut off, unable to turn around, fed a constant stream of antibiotics and growth hormones, subsisting on diets that they did not evolve to eat - I knew I couldn’t support the industrial meat production system....more
I love the concept, although I don't know if I could name and then eat the animal that I know I ...more