Imani of Keep Growing Detroit

Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit and Carhartt
Keep Growing Detroit

 

There is a certain feeling of empowerment and resolve that come with sticking your own two hands in the soil and growing your own food. Dusting the dirt off your clothes after a hard day of work never felt so good. To watch your labor generate new life is almost as satisfying as taking a big bite out of a your fresh produce.

Spend some time with the folks at Keep Growing Detroit and you’ll know what I’m talking about. This non-profit organization makes it possible to grow fruits and veggies in the city limits for the people of Detroit. Their focus is to help residents create a healthy relationship with food, spread knowledge about growing and farming, and cultivate a sense of community.

After a few minutes of following Imani around as she worked in the gardens, I sensed her connection with the land. With experience and dexterity, she performed each familiar task as if she were having her daily conversation with the ground. The interdependent relationship between Mother Nature and those who harvest its potential is one that should be respected and never taken for granted.

Included above are some tips to starting your own garden. Take a look at some of Imani’s Carhartt gear that helps her get the job done: Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket, Carhartt Force Performance Quarter-Zip Shirt, Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, Wellington Boot, and Soft Hands Gloves

The Women of Seasons Soda

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt

Seasons Soda and Carhartt
It’s time to treat yourself and continue your healthy lifestyle at the same time. Seasons Soda, based out of Chicago, makes natural soda out of fresh fruits, herbs, and filtered co2 water. In an effort to keep things local, Seasons Soda has created a closed loop system. Most of their fruits and herbs are from organic, family farms in the midwest. Then after the production process, their compost is reused and donated to Chicago urban farms. On top of that, no sugar or preservatives are added. Lisa and Agata are in on the ground floor of this relatively new company. Pretty exciting stuff to see organizations that make products that are good for the consumer and community alike. To get some soda for yourself, check out Seasons Soda facebook page for their farmer’s market schedule.

DIY: Fruit Pops

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Carhartt DIY fresh fruit popsicles

Summer days and killer heat call for a cure. Try out this simple recipe for fresh fruit popsicles.

What you need: grapes, a mango, pineapple, blackberries, a peach, a kiwi, white grape juice (no sugar added if you’re looking to make your pops even healthier), shot glasses, and mini forks (you can also use mini spoons or popsicle sticks cut in half) 

After you slice up the fruit, pour white grape juice into each shot glass until half full. Then stuff the shot glasses with fruit so that it reaches the brim of the glass. Stick a mini fork in the middle of each pop and freeze for at least 4 hours. Plate and enjoy! What’s great about these popsicles is that they come in ready to serve shot glasses. That means no mess! and it’s easy to clean up afterwards.

Another great way to keep your cool this summer is with Carhartt Women’s Annapolis Shirt and Clarkston Cami. Layering with lightweight fabrics is ideal for hot days. Check out my summer outfit here: Annapolis Shirt, Clarkston Cami Tank, & Marquette Flip Flops

Rain, Rain, It’s Okay

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and CarharttSeattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle rain and Carhartt

Seattle is a great city. There’s so much to see and do. Seattle is also known for grey skies and lots of rainy days. It’s best to leave the house everyday prepared for the typical weather. A local told me that they can spot tourists a mile away by the tale-tale sign of the umbrellas they carry. Apparently people who live in Seattle gave up on umbrellas a long time ago. It’s easier for them to simply wear waterproof clothing. This brings me to the jacket I wore around the wonderfully wet city last week. Carhartt’s Cascade Jacket for women is the best rain jacket that I’ve ever owned. Trust me, water isn’t going to touch you in that thing. The Dura-Dry breathable fabric keeps you warm without making you sweat like crazy, the hood detaches, there are a ton of pockets, and there are cords and straps on the hood and sleeves so you can adjust it to your liking.