Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating.
She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family.
Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business.
Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA
James is a Green Dad. He has been married to Green Mom (a.k.a. Fredrica) for 19 years and is a father of 3.
His primary career has been in software. He has started two software companies, worked in San Francisco, London, San Diego and now Stockholm, Sweden, and currently leads the product management team for eBay Sweden
James’s interests outside of work round out his character. He is an Eagle Scout and loves nature and the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. While living in London, Fredrica and James started practicing yoga with more focus and intensity, and he became a certified yoga teacher.
James hopes to inspire other dads to bring more consciousness to their family life … in the time they spend with their kids, in the impact they make on the planet and in the mindset they have about how we all live our lives. Click to see articles by James.
Kim Robson lives and works with her husband in the Cuyamaca Mountains an hour east of San Diego. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, cooking, and animals. She has written a blog since 2006 at kimkiminy.wordpress.com. Her interests include the environment, dark skies, astronomy and physics, geology and rock collecting, living simply and cleanly, wilderness and wildlife conservation, and eating locally.
A transplant from Maryland in 1998, I have found California to be a great place for the current chapter of my life. As someone with various and numerous interests, the opportunities here have been abundant. And with each opportunity has come responsibility always to do what is right — for the job, other person(s) involved, self, and planet.
As a child, I thought nothing of helping Mom tear up our old clothes that could no longer be mended, and braid it into rugs. Nor did I think that making/wearing clothes from feedbag was unusual. We spent weekends from spring to fall helping in our grandmother’s “garden.” As a young teen, I realized that a “garden” didn’t require a tractor — which we needed. Of course, we ate well all year. What else could we ask for?
As a mom, I found that everyday life provided opportunities to model behaviors that taught respect and stewardship of the environment . . . and let me tell you, it has paid off! Our older son and his partner raise their own veggies and fruit, fertilized by their own compost; and they collect eggs from their own chickens. Our younger son founded a non-profit called 4WallsInternational, committed to rescuing Mother Earth. By using discarded tires, cans and bottles as building blocks for sustainable off-the-grid homes for the poorest of the poor in Mexico, he hopes to clean up the Tijuana River and its estuaries.
I now edit for Green-mom, which is great because I get information already researched by our writers. And I take it to heart. I thought I was “green” before, but the information in the articles has had its impact, believe me! There’s always something more to learn, like soap nuts for laundry. The articles provide real, down-to-earth help. I feel that my current profession is a natural progression of sorts.
I recommend reading Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree for an even better understanding of where I’m coming from. Oops! That’s the English teacher in me coming out!
A mother of 4 with 6 wonderful grandchildren, Larraine has been active in the environmental movement since the early l970s. When the first blue boxes for recycling were launched in her region, she began writing a local weekly newspaper column to promote the 3 Rs. Since that time, she has been a freelance writer for several publications, including BioCycle magazine.
As a composting advocate, Larraine authors children’s adventure stories that combine composting facts with literature. Currently she is working on the 6th book of her Pee Wee at Castle Compost series, which can be viewed at www.castlecompost.com.
As well, Larraine and her husband Pete have built a straw bale home and live in Ontario.