Heya! I'm Stacey, the hands behind the soap and Mama to allll the things at Coghlan Cottage Farm.
Just over 10 years ago I ditched my "responsible, important" government career and it's soul-sucking cubicle to try something different ( and a little crazy ). I traded my life of high-heels and lawyers for gumboots and chicken poop and never looked back.
Now my days are spent in my farmhouse studio ( in slippers, not stilettos ) whipping up fresh soap and belting out my favourite Joni Mitchell tunes. When I'm not soaping I'm working the farm; running our farm store, tending the garden, collecting eggs and snuggling sheep. Let's be honest, mostly snuggling, really.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend my days doing such purposeful work; filling the bellies of our Farm Family, turning would-be-trash into treasure and helping our amazing tribe of humans who give a sh*t about the planet walk a little lighter on the earth.
I'm passionate about Slow Living, good food grown with love and the idea that each and every one of us can be a world-changing badass just by making mindful, joyful changes in our daily lives.
I've been a featured speaker on the CBC Radio's The Coast talking about backyard chickens as well as The Invisible Hand : A Pound of Feathers, an economics piece about the value of chickens vs. gold during the zombie apocalypse. Don't you just LOVE public radio!!? My zero waste soap has been featured in The Georgia Straight, Green Indy Blog, Entity Magazine and more.
When I'm not working, you'll find me snuggling my two young kids ( see a theme here? ) carousing with other local farmers ( we're a rowdy bunch ), making a mess of my kitchen or curled up by the fire cursing over my current knitting project. No one said the Slow Life was gonna be easy!
If you're dying to hear more, here are five things you might not know about me.
1. Although I'm a pastured meat farmer now, I was a vegetarian for 6 years!
2. I once got sheep by accident. Really.
3. Although my life revolves around the home, I'm completely domestically disabled. Completely. Ask my husband. Worst. Housekeeper. Ever.
4. I'm a formally trained printmaker. In my life before government I was an art gallery manager and sat on the board of a local public gallery.
5. I grew up on an island. No matter how far I roam, the Pacific Ocean will always have my heart.
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