Author name: Kelli Best-Oliver

A former high school teacher, I'm currently a part-time writer/full-time doctoral student at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities, studying leadership in education from a critical pedagogy perspective along with public policy. On the green side, I'm interested in local food and agriculture (Iowa girl, born and raised), sustainability education, DIY projects, and grassroots activism. I'm slowly turning my South City, St Louis home into an urban farmstead. On the hoping-to-be-greener side, I love reading, yoga, soccer, music, backpacking, knitting, pop culture and trivia, my Tuesday Night Dinner Club, traveling, Guitar Hero, dive bars, and sitting on front porches with my husband and a cold beer. I came to Green Options via a post on Sustainablog,working the St Louis angle to get Jeff to let me in. I have a personal blog chronicling (what else?) life in South St. Louis. Follow me on Twitter!

Six Free Ways To Turn Kitchen Trash Into Treasure

We’ve recently joined the whole urban homesteading movement and one thing I’ve been focused on is trying to really up the ante on having a low-waste, self-producing kitchen. I’ve concentrated on wasting less and producing more with local and/or homegrown ingredients. Repurposing waste–finding new ways to use things that would end up composted, recycled, or …

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Wild Rice At Heart of Agricultural Controversy

I’m enjoying a long-overdue family vacation in northern Minnesota, home to real wild rice.Β  Pssst…here’s a secret: most “wild rice” you find in your local grocery store is not, in fact, wild rice.Β  Taste the real stuff, and you’ll know that a certain orange-bagged “rice” is nothing like the nutty goodness of wild rice.Β  To …

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Five Tips for Eating Out For Meat-Free and Meat-Friendly Couples

Trying to live a meat-free life is difficult when you have a decidedly carnivorous, culinarily-unadventurous husband.Β  Don’t get me wrong, my husband is down for meatless meals, but sometimes his less-than-ambitious palate gets tired of pasta (and I get tired of cooking the same “safe” flavor combinations).Β  Many nights we end up eating out, mainly …

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Chipotle Partners With Polyface For Sustainable Burritos

In another move towards sustainable practices in the restaurant industry, Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-casual chain famous for oversized burritos made with fresh ingredients, recently started buying sustainably-raised pork from Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm in Chipotle’s Charlottesville, VA stores.Β  Chipotle projects that Polyface will be able to supply 100% of the pork needed for the …

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