Interview With An Off Grid Vegan Permaculturalist
Merry Ellen Mellen
23; 8 Years Vegan; Hometown Pāhoa HI
I live the life I have always dreamed of. Dancing through the fruit forests of Hawaii. I live off-grid on a raw food permaculture farm. I am a budding advocate for the Hawai’is food security and inspired to cultivate sustainable communities. Life just seems to be getting better and better as I thrive with vitality and excitement in this fairy tale life I have created.
What made you go vegan and why?
As a pimply self conscious 15 year old, I was a competitive volleyball athlete. I was seeking a cure to my embarrassing acne when I came across the idea of a plant based lifestyle through YouTube. Leading me to a grueling 10 minutes of Earthlings I was then dedicated to go vegan. Within months my vitality exploded through the roof from eating a cleaner diet then within the first year I had jumped off the deep end into the world of raw foods. My appetite for health had grown as I notice my skin clear up completely and a leap in my athletic performance. Since then I have continued down my enthusiastic journey of holistic raw food living.
Moving forward what are your entrepreneurial endeavors in inspiring others?
I fell in love with a farmer when I was 16 which had opened my eyes to the connections between the things I put in my body and where they came from. The seed of endless inspiration had been planted, since I’ve felt called to encourage people to become more connected with their food. Through choosing a plant based lifestyle, I began to understand the power of choice and realized I had the option to create the reality that I wanted for myself. It had always been a dream of mine to live off the land in a magical fruit forest. I held that dream close to my heart until I had realized that the dream had become a reality here in Hawai’i. With a degree in environmental science and a passion for farming I am inspired by cultivating sustainable food communities. I am a trailblazer in the vegan sustainable food movement, providing educational opportunities through our non-profit Barefoot Gardeners in permaculture and sustainable off grid living. We invite visitors and interns to learn about gardening, raw food lifestyles and to experience the magic of Hawaii’s jungle.
What are you passionate about besides veganism?
I am most passionate about having the most fulfilling life through creating anything my imagination conspires. Wether it be building a bookshelf or designing a garden, “throwing” teapots or sewing a dress, I get juiced on creation. The act of visualizing the blueprints of a project and then bringing it into manifestation nourishes me with the most energy in life. High on the sense of accomplishment and the knowing of my capabilities I am vital with empowerment and passion.
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