Author: Katy Farber

Katy FarberKaty Farber is a teacher and a writer in Vermont who blogs at Non-Toxic Kids. She covers the environment, parenting, green living and education. She is also the mother of “two spirited little girls.” Last year, as she wrote recently, she participated in Vermont’s first “body burden study” and learned that she had a high rate of Deca contamination — a toxic flame retardant chemical used in electronics, fabrics, and mattresses. Naturally, her thoughts immediately went to how she could protect her children from exposure, and she shares her findings in her post. Farber’s first book was Why Great Teachers Quit and How We Might Stop the Exodus; her second book is Change the World with Service Learning: How to Organize, Lead and Assess Service Learning Projects. Her testimony in front of the Vermont legislature helped to pass a bill regulating lead in consumer products.


BY ON February 8, 2017
Our nation is in turmoil and our democracy is at risk. The news cycle is a constant sea of trouble – pulling many of us under. With so many things to understand, to keep up with, to act on, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and...

TOPICS: Activism, Motherhood, Politics

‘Trump Talk’ Is Unleashed In Our Schools

BY ON December 13, 2016
The morning after the 2016 election, teachers across America headed into the classroom like they do each day. Many didn’t have much sleep, and many were feeling emotional about the outcome. They also didn’t know how their students would react to Donald Trump’s victory. But...

TOPICS: Politics, Schools

Lessons From a 24 Year-Old Climate Activist

BY ON September 21, 2016
“The theme of my life at the moment is the nexus of social movements and electoral politics,” says 24 year-old Chloe Maxmin. During my interview with Chloe, which you can read here, she discussed advocating for a clean energy future by protecting public health from natural...

TOPICS: Activism, Climate Change

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