Hi there! I’m Jenny Nazak, a freelance writer, artist, educator, and activist. (My catch-all description for my occupation is “Sustainability Educator.”) I’m known among my friends and colleagues for having a low eco-footprint (generally 10% to 15% of the average U.S. resident’s footprint), while living in a conventional, urban, on-grid home.
My background includes training and experience in marketing, permaculture design, writing, and editing. I’ve lived and volunteered on small organic farms; I use a solar oven as my regular oven; I have worked on community composting projects (including humanure composting — it’s super easy and practical). Other areas of expertise that I draw on include foreign cultures (I lived in Tokyo for five years and have traveled all over), ultralight hiking (love Ray Jardine’s philosophy!), and decluttering.
I have a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in sociology. At college I also did coursework in marketing and psychology.
Other degrees/certificates include an associate’s degree in graphic design, a Permaculture Design Certificate (actually several different ones), and a certificate in Earth Based Vocations with a focus on solar cooking/renewable energy.
My natural habitat is dense urban settings with plenty of intelligent, creative neighbors. And lots of greenery, particularly native and edible landscaping! For 10 years I lived in a 19-foot travel trailer in south Austin, which I named the MicroPalace. For most of my adult life I have lived in tiny urban apartments.
I now own a 988-square-foot house, which feels vast to me! My place is near the ocean, in my adopted hometown of Daytona Beach, Florida. To satisfy my love for tiny houses and RV living while still getting to have a regular house where friends and family can come stay, I have set up the tiniest room in the house (7×8 foot room) as my office, studio, and sleeping quarters, leaving two big bedrooms and plenty of space for potlucks, neighborhood meetings, and of course books.
I grew up in a Navy family, and between duty stations, the five of us traveled the country by car, visiting the national parks and other wild spaces that ultimately sparked my eco-activism.
I’m on fire for ultra-low-footprint living, and I’m a “connector” who naturally brings ideas and people together.
Feel free to email me questions or comments about my blog, or low-footprint living in general. You’re welcome to suggest topics for me to blog about, though I can’t promise I’ll cover every topic suggested.
You can also contact me for permaculture design services. I offer a variety of permaculture-based services, from site design to home organizing to life-coaching, at fees affordable to people of all income levels.
jnazak at yahoo dot com