WE’RE HERE TO GIVE ANYONE WITH AN APPETITE FOR THE SMALL AND MIGHTY, THE SLOW AND THE RARE, THE CHANCE TO DISCOVER AMAZING THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR MODERN LANDSCAPE.
We are Claire and Olivia, Granddaughters of Tootie & Dotes.
Two women, who never met, but permeate our earliest memories of the Earth. They gardened, farmed, raised animals and children and didn’t take shit from anyone, thank you very much! They were grounded, kind, earthy and filled with knowledge we could see but lacked the words to ask about.
We met while working at the same advertising agency, making things that helped our clients… sell more things. We were very busy, very driven and very stressed out. In the summer of 2013 we both quit. Olivia set off to deliver the miracle of life and Claire was... well trying to figure out what the heck to do with hers.
A few months later, our paths crossed again when we found each other as two of just 25 students going through an Urban Farming Certification Program. It was an unexpected bit of synchronicity that led to an amazing friendship and partnership.
Now, we find ourselves as wives, mothers and women of the household, burnt out on consumption with more than a few questions for grandma. Like… how did you do this? Where did you store that? And how did you stay grounded while doing all of it? They always made it look so easy.
This site was born in the pursuit of capturing that ongoing exploration. It’s written for modern women looking to deepen their connection with the wisdom of the land, the wisdom of our collective grandmothers and the wisdom that lives inside of us all.
We talk about raising kids, tomatoes, turkeys and flowers. About DIY cleaning supplies, bath products, moon cycles and preserving a harvest. We take regular field trips to farms, homesteads and gardens to ask questions about these lifestyles and better understand the philosophies and work required behind them.
We are here to investigate the grounded modern women of today. We want to know what they care about, how they live their and what they're passionate about now.
We are northern womenfolk, cultivating strength and nourishment. We hope you find something here that brings you a little of both.
Thank you for stopping by!
Olivia & Claire
Tootie & Dotes