December 6, 2022 by Sarah
Member Spotlight: Rachel Budde – Founder, Herbalist & CEO of Fat and the Moon
OSC: What is your hometown?
RB: Milwaukee, WI
OSC: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
RB: I think most people don’t know that I am an artist, and was on a track to pursue that career in New York. When my painting practice turned my attention towards the plant world, I got hooked and my life took a different turn.
OSC: What is it about the mission of your company that really ignites you?
RB: What really ignites me about Fat and the Moon’s mission is that Self Care, pleasure and joy are conduits of profound ecosystemic and social change. In our current paradigm, ‘self care’ can be perceived as a kind of selfishness, or consumptive overindulgence. True care for ourselves is caring for our communities and our planet. When we tend the soil, the taste of a tomato, a bean, a squash grown in that soil is incredible. The pleasure we get from a bite of a sun kissed, juicy tomato inspires us to continue to make the compost which yields delicious fruit. I want Fat and the Moon to connect these dots through herbal body care. When we use non toxic, handmade, consciously sourced bod care, and find they are effective and wonderful, we are creating a new paradigm where toxins, environmentally degrading, extractive processes and cruelty to animals is totally unnecessary.
OSC: What’s a favorite childhood memory of food that you have?
RB: Eating cherries off an enormous cherry tree in my cousin’s backyard in Slovenia.
RB: What keeps me up at night is waste. Waste does not exist in non-human nature. In every non-human, natural process, everything is food for something else. Humans need to find a way to close our loops. The world is being poisoned by our waste.
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