Amy Todisco here. Your “Go to Gal” for all things green. I help health conscious people reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals from every day household products and practices so that they can feel more control and improve/preserve their good health. This information comes from my 20+ years experience walking the talk.
I’m also a Co-author of the Amazon best seller book, You Make A Difference: 50 Heart Centered Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories of Inspiration and Transformation.
My journey started when I was pregnant with my fabulous daughter, Diana, over 20 years ago. While reading the book, The Nontoxic Baby, in 1992, I had questions, such as, “Why are there toxic chemicals in every day household products, including our food? How can this be legal? Can they affect my health, or my baby-to-be?”
I soon found out that, yes, there are toxic synthetic chemicals in every day supermarket brand household products. What’s worse though is that some of those same chemicals are in the brands marketed as “natural” and “organic” that you find in natural food stores. This was too much for me to accept. So, this conscientious mother-to-be went on a research crusade to find out which products really were natural and nontoxic. Not an easy task. And, as someone who can’t help but share what I’ve learned with others, I’ve been doing just that ever since.
New for 2014: I’ve partnered with Pathways For Veterans, a fabulous nonprofit that “is dedicated to healing the spiritual war wounds of the men and women of our military. Our mission is to create a safe environment where all veterans can experience being heard and are given the tools to re-purpose themselves in mind, body and spirit.” Towards that end, I’m serving as the Director of Organic Farming and Healthy Lifestyle Choices, and creating hands-on organic farming programs around the country for female veterans.
In order to help re-purpose their lives, heal from their experiences, develop healthier lifestyle practices, and create new skills for future employment and possible entrepreneurship, women veterans will participate in a hands-on experience. We have one gearing up for this growing season at Hartshorn Farm in Vermont, where I live together with my organic farmer life partner. It will include skills for: growing organically in the soil, in a year round hydroponic greenhouse, maple sugaring, bee keeping, a women’s empowerment workshop assisted by horses, woodworking with a local design build school, and more.
“I love how on her website she will give you her own personal experience in a write up that is engaging, full of valuable information, and with just the right touch of humor. In other aspects, I have come to know, and cherish the brand of professionalism Amy embodies when it comes to any kind of business dealings. In an age where so many “claim” to be professionals in their field, I find it unacceptable how often these individuals get away with offering quick, and often useless information, and still manage to make a sale. Not Amy. Her word is her promise. A rare find in my honest opinion.”
Will Keyworth, Owner at Keyworth Graphics
I began my work as a community activist in 1995, where I created community educational events; founded and co-founded several nonprofits; served as Executive Director for two nonprofits; provided presentations on household toxics; consulted with private and public schools; churches, community groups, local boards of health, and the MA State Department of Public Health; written on the topic of household toxics for newspapers, newsletters and websites; and been interviewed on TV, radio and Internet radio.
I was featured on Vermont Public Television, WCAX TV in Burlington, Vermont, was contacted by a producer from The Oprah Winfrey Show, interviewed for an online article for FoxNews.com, and a Rachel Ray magazine article, and have been featured in several magazines and newspapers, including: The Seven Days, Burlington, VT, Christian Science Monitor, and In With Skin. I appeared with my organic farmer life partner, Dave, in Vermont Life, and Farm & Ranch Magazine. Wiley Publishing hired me to be the technical editor for the Green Living for Dummies book. I’m the author of the powerful Greener Life Guides ebook series.
What grew out of a desire to find the safest, most environmentally friendly lifestyle choices for my family blossomed into a full-blown passion. I became the trusted voice for those who are looking for a truly organic and natural way of life.
“Amy was an early visionary pioneer in the field of Green Living. She has amassed a wealth of knowledge in this arena that is incomparable. While many people can talk about the current condition of things, she can see and talk to a future where we all live healthier and more holistically. Her positive, practical and insightful way of gently guiding us in that direction is full of heart and passion. She is a great asset to every project she works on and is enormously generous and collaborative.”
Theresa Langston, Web Designer/Consultant, Net-Spin
My formal education:
B.A. in Psychology from Wheaton College, Norton, MA (Junior year exchange at Bowdoin College)
Trained in 2 coaching programs: Coaching From Spirit (32 week live training), and Health Coaching U (12 month intensive training)
What is “Green Living” Anyway?
In it’s simplest terms, I think of it as non-toxic, earth friendly living. It includes what we eat & drink; the products we use on our bodies and in our homes; the way we handle our trash and food waste; our energy consumption both in our homes & offices; as well as how we get around, our healthcare choices; how we raise our children and care for our pets; and more.
Why Go Green?
The quick answer is to protect your health, prevent illness, save money, and care for the planet we live on.
We live in an increasingly polluted place. Our indoor environments contain hundreds of chemicals, some of which are toxic, many of which we purchase and unknowingly bring into our living and working spaces.
We eat food that is often unhealthy, lacks nutrients, is over processed, and shipped from far away places. The very manner in which it is grown depletes the soils, pollutes the air, water and soil, and decreases our ability to fight off illness.
It doesn’t have to be this way. We can still live in modern society while also safeguarding our health and the health of our homes, work spaces, and the planet. And, it’s really not that hard to do. We have far more choices than we did 20 years ago when I got started.