Manda Aufochs Gillespie is the author of The Green Mama. She’s been writing, consulting, and giving advice (mostly solicited) on green living for a million years. Manda has helped green one of America’s first major environmentally conscious childcares, managed one of the world’s only urban ecovillages, and has taught hundreds of parents and small business about how to go green. She has appeared as the green living expert on the TV shows The Lazy Environmentalist, and Save My Planet. She is a columnist for EcoParent Magazine, and the Vancouver Observer.
Published in the US by Dundurn Books
What are the most pressing problems facing new parents today? As the world has become increasingly more complicated, so has parenting. We are concerned about pervasive toxins in the environment and anxious to raise our children in ways that will protect them as well as safeguard our already fragile world.
Manda Aufochs Gillespie, Green Mama, shares what today’s science and Grandma’s traditional wisdom tell us about prenatal care for mothers-to-be, breastfeeding, detoxifying the nursery, diapering, caring for baby’s skin, feeding a family, and healthy play — redefining the “basics” of parenting for today’s world. With an upbeat tone, stories of parents who have “been there,” real-world advice for when money matters more, and practical steps geared toward immediate success, Green Mama engages and guides even the busiest, most sleep-deprived parent.
Green Mama helps parents become what they were always meant to be: experts on the care of their own children.
“Manda Aufochs Gillespie has been a “green mama” since before it was “de rigeur” to be so. What sets her new book apart is that her wisdom is based not only on sound research, but on practical real-life experience – the kind where money and time are of the essence! You’ll find Canadian (as well as US) resources and information and plenty of advice for families who want to go green, but don’t have a ton of money to spend.” – EcoParent Magazine
“A newborn child is the result and expression of an act of love and within this beautiful book that love never ceases. Green Mama connects Motherhood and Mother Earth with a brilliant array of wisdom, learnings and facts that protect the life of the newborn. Transforming the environment children are raised in transforms Manda’s world of child rearing to a creation, not a chore, a childhood (and parenthood) of happiness, freedom, joy, and intelligence.” – Paul Hawken, author of Blessed Unrest
“Like gallons of maple sap condensed into one spoonful of sweet syrup, the Green Mama researched deep and wide and then distilled her information down into exactly what new parents need to know to keep their children safe and healthy. And its not what you might think! It is certainly not what advertisers tell us. But its what we all need to know to give the children we love what they deserve, served up with sass.” – Carrie Saxifrage, author of The Big Swim