Welcome to my virtual home! I am happy that you found your way here.
If you are wondering, I am the woman in the photo above., taken sometime in 1998. And that was my “brick & mortar” business: LIVING GREENS, Sprout Garden, Market & Eatery. I opened that storefront in the fall of 1997 and closed it’s doors in November, 2002. But, my journey as “the sproutlady” began in 1979. That story is being told on another page titled ‘Follow Your Passion’.
I am a woman, sister, mother, grandmother., student & teacher. I’m a baby boomer, born on a full moon in Pisces with my sun sign in Virgo. and it fits… I love the earth, I love to play in the dirt and grow things. I am challenged with order but live comfortably in my “organized clutter”. I am very sensitive to all energy, feel everything. As I learned to recognize my feelings vs. others, I now can function without taking on that which is around me. Being overly emotional has been very difficult for me at times in life. I do well in small groups or one on one. Crowds can be overwhelming.
There has always been a drum beat that resonated with me. This was not one followed by the masses. I am very comfortable spending my days in my own company. I began rejecting the stories on the tell-a-vision in the mid 70’s. Referred to as a ‘visionary’ by my nephew, I recognize trends before they arrive. You might call me a misfit/loner.
My working life as “the sproutlady” consumed me. I loved growing that business as much as I enjoyed breathing. It was my life. I continue to grow sprouts today. I love them and think they are a wonderful addition to any diet. For the past forty years, I have been quite consumed with health and the impact of our diet. It came natural to me, after making some adjustments to my own diet in 1972. Those changes improved my digestion and created in me the curiosity to study this human form which we occupy while here on Earth. Is it strange that my given name spells DIET? Deborah Idelle Elizabeth Tracy.
Although I closed my business in late 2002, I have continued to live a simple life of eating whole, real foods. I traveled across the United States by train, visiting New Mexico, Oregon and then New Orleans. I learned the art of Stained Glass and enjoy creating custom pieces. I actually had several jobs where I worked for someone other than myself. And that was difficult for me. I like to direct my own boat so to speak. The part time job I have right now should be my last one.
Within 30 days, I will be relocating to central Florida. A long known friend has a house there in need of a caretaker. There is 1 3/4 acres of land that will need tended. I volunteered. Thus, my starting this website/blog. My adventure moving back to Florida and starting my first food forest of tropical trees with a workshop to grow microgreens, sprouts & edibles along with a straw bale garden will be found on the blog here.
This website is dedicated to my learning journey of how to live a simple life, as close to our Earth, doing no harm. I will also promote the simple system that I use to generate an income online. You see, I am at the age of retirement and collecting Social Security, but, I do not receive enough to live on just that. So, my journey to a virtual business will be recorded and promoted on a simple page here. With complete honesty, I can tell you that I looked all over the internet for a way to make some extra cash. There are so many opportunities out there, it is similar to going to a carnival and listening to all the barkers along the way, luring you in with their promises. From what I have observed, the folks making the most are the ones promoting how to have an online business. That is their business. Since I am NOT a salesperson, and really not much of a consumer., it was difficult for me to become a barker. But, I slowly realized that in order to have any type of online business, you needed the tools: a website, an autoresponder to communicate with folks on a regular basis through email and a tracking system to see where your traffic was coming from and if your advertising was effective.
I’ve learned the best thing to do is keep it simple. Thus, my decision to promote the marketing tools and web hosting company that I use to have this website, where I share my passion for being around Mother Earth. There will be times a promote a product, but, only if I use it and can honestly endorse it. (that is called being an affiliate and I will earn a commission)
Enjoy looking around. I will be adding my favorite raw recipes. I wrote an ebook on sprouting that you can download, simply by giving me your email address (that will keep you in the loop on my progress with the food forest).
The most important lesson that I have learned since closing Living Greens in 2002 until today in 2016, is to follow your heart. Find what you are passionate about, and share it. In these fourteen years I have tried so many different things to fill my time, and nothing worked. And then this new adventure manifested itself. I believe this is happening because I focused on what I love doing, visualized having some property to grow on and care for., and I paid attention so as to recognize help when it appeared.