We had the good fortune of connecting with Marnie Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marnie, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I grew up in Arenzano, Italy. Our family home was situated next to a 200 year old farm. Our neighbor, the farmers, grew everything they needed to eat on the farm. Or they fished with cast nets on the local beach for fish. I grew up learning how to collect eggs from the chickens and bake bread for the week, how to skin a rabbit and how to gut a fish. Life was simple. I came home from the neighbor’s farm, in the evening, dirty and tired.
Later when I was 10 and we moved back to the USA everything was wrapped in plastic, the car seats, my grandmother’s couch, all our food came in plastic! Also so many illnesses and diseases in the USA that I don’t remember growing up in Italy. I missed the simple subsistence living and moved my now growing family from the suburbs in Menlo Park, CA, where I met my husband, to a farm in Northern, CA.
Today our family has gone back to the old ways; baking bread and growing fruits and vegetables. I created my skincare and home care company with these same principles of no plastic and farm grown ingredients. Our family is so much healthier, and all my friends and family have noticed. They want to join in on living a more simple, organic, less plastic lifestyle. We now have over 39 plastic free, organic, skincare, haircare and homecare products. Check out our website at Blackmountainbeauty.com
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have always strived to live a simple life as first a farmer and then as a product’s creator, growing my own food and creating food and skincare products that are clean, organic and healthy for the whole family.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would bring them home here to our Black Mountain Farm. It’s a beautiful farm perched on the side of Black Mountain in Marin County, Northern CA. We have 100 acres of rolling grassland and woods with many farm and wild animal friends. We run an Airbnb pondhouse down by our farm pond and people come from all over the world to stay here.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shout out to Suzette Chaumette who has a wonderful podcast about plastic free living called Positively Green. Suzette is a great friend and has an Urban farm lifestyle in Oakland, CA