Guest Blogger

Betsy Escandon

Betsy Escandon

Betsy Escandon is a mom of three young children, an occasional policy analyst and the author of the blog Eco-novice: Going Green Gradually, where she chronicles her eco-successes and failures. On her blog, Betsy discusses such topics as cheap and easy ways to go green, cloth diapering and early potty training, switching from disposables to reusables, and limiting your family's exposure to toxic chemicals. She has a background in science, education, and public policy.

Betsy calls herself the Eco-novice because after five years or so on this journey, she still feels like a green newbie. She was inspired to “go green” after the birth of her first child, and at that time her primary obsession was all the crazy toxic chemicals in consumer products and the environment. She spent hours and hours on the computer researching safer, more natural options with her first baby on her lap. Having just left a full-time job as a policy analyst, she was still in the research mode.

Betsy started her blog a few years later because she wanted somewhere to dump all that information she’d accumulated in her head, and figured that someone else might as well benefit from all the research she had done and still does to help make choices that are healthier for her family and for the planet.

You can find Besty on Twitter as @eco_novice and on Facebook Econovice.

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Blog Posts by Betsy Escandon

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Take Your Kids

    Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Take Your Kids

    Generally, I hate shopping, and I especially hate shopping with kids in tow. Yet shopping with my kids at my small not-too-crowded farmer’s market is always a positive experience. I don’t have to put them in a cart (my market is small enough that I let my 3 and 5-year-old wander a bit as long […]

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  • Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Save Money

    Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Save Money

    Shopping at the farmers market means all of your money goes to the farmer, and none to the middlemen and advertisers, which often means cheaper prices for you. Here are some tips for making your dollar go even farther at the farmers market.

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  • Enjoy Eating Seasonally

    Enjoy Eating Seasonally

    I love that shopping at the farmers market takes all the mental effort out of shopping locally and in season. When I shop at the farmers market I don’t have to decide if I’m willing to eat organic blueberries grown in Chile.  I’m shopping local and in season without even thinking about it.  I have […]

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  • Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Find a Market, Get to Know the Farmers

    Getting the Most Out of Your Farmers Market: Find a Market, Get to Know the Farmers

    Interested in shopping at the farmers market? Here are some tips to get you started.

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  • Why I Love the Farmers Market

    Why I Love the Farmers Market

    I buy almost all of my produce at the farmers market. It’s the only place I shop on a weekly basis. There are so many benefits that come from this direct producer-to-consumer arrangement.  Here are some of the things I love most about the farmers market.

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