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About me.

Totally out-of-date photo.

This blog started as “Jeanmarie’s Butter Blog,” then became “Random Acts of Green,” reflecting a broadening of my focus. After all, butter isn’t my only passion in life. Lately it’s raising chickens and goats, and green living in general. Next was “Chicken Scratches.” This blog now shares the name of my fresh egg business and the farm where I live with my boyfriend. I’ve been trying to figure out how to eat, and to live, since I first started reading the backs of cereal boxes as a kid in Logan, Utah. I spent 13 years in Japan. Now I live in Mendocino County, California, with three dogs, five cats, 38 chickens and 7 goats. I love to cook, read, keep chickens, and snuggle with the dogs. I add butter whenever possible, no apologies.

  1. I just found your blog from a very thoughtful and intelligible comment you left over at Cheeseslave regarding the Paleo diet. Thanks for sharing your insights. Having also studied permaculture and read Lierre Keith, Jared Diamond, et. al., I was left a bit baffled by their post that didn’t seem to prove or disprove anything…and I’m a Cheeseslave fan. Anywho, I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. Cheers!

    • KindFoodFarm permalink

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I am also a fan of Cheeseslave, and of Ann Marie personally, and I’m sorta dreading seeing her response to my comment. I tried to get across my affection and respect for her. I’m glad you share my reading list! Who else do you recommend? I am trying to fit blogging back into my life soon, with perhaps a bit different approach. I do miss it. I’ll check out your blog, too. Best wishes!

  2. Sally_Oh permalink

    Hi Jeanmarie, I morphed over here from Cheeseslave’s blog about paleo — I’m SO disappointed that you aren’t blogging more. Your comment was so well-written and logical and I appreciate that. I’m a seat of the pants blogger, not an intellectual (although I read everything, some of the finer points just don’t stay with me). You manage both sides of that equation very well. I RSSed you and look forward to reading more. Blessings! Sally

    • KindFoodFarm permalink

      Hi Sally! Thanks so much for your kind words. I am longing to get back to blogging. I am just sooo busy with work and am quite financially stressed right now, but I have not given up on blogging. I am thinking about changing my approach somewhat and sharing more of my opinions on topics I care about, like in the comment you read. Thanks so much for your support. I will definitely check out your blog too. Something coming from me soon, I swear!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. My life has been through several upheavals in the three years since I last blogged here. I’m actually sitting down to start a new blog, as yet unnamed, and I found all these comments on here. It is very heartening to read your comment. Thanks so much.

  3. Looks like you have a handsome Ridgeback there. After 15 yrs with two of them we are between dogs at the moment, but they always catch my eye.

    • Jeanmarie permalink

      We love our Ridgebacks! They are gorgeous and sweet, and goofy.

  4. Carole Rundle permalink


    Call me. It’s your mother. No, not really. It’s Carole – also from Japan days. Yes, that Carole. I’m not on Facebook.

    • Jeanmarie permalink

      I will call! Just got back from a family reunion… I think I have your number. Will call tomorrow, ok? Love, Jeanmarie

  5. Greg Brockelbank permalink

    Greetings from Japan. It’s Greg, formerly of AIA. This is such a coincidence. The other day, for no particular reason, I did a Yahoo search for our colleague Trevor Greene and found more information about him than I ever expected. To be honest, I was wondering what kind of life a simmering kettle of anger and condescension like Trevor would have. As it turns out, he’s having a very tough time for reasons that have little or nothing to do with his personality. If you want to know why, do a search for “Trevor Greene Canada” (no quotation marks) and click on the Maclean’s magazine article at the top of the results page. Having found out about Trevor, I did a search for Jeanmarie Todd just now and found vastly more information by and about you. Wow, I can tell you’ve been busy writing and posting things. Where should I start and what sequence should I follow to sample your main themes?
    I see that you left Bloomberg in 2008. I don’t blame you. Perhaps because of longer (?) Japanese work hours, I got fed up with Mitsubishi Securities and resigned before that, in 2005. I bought a small house with ocean and mountain views in Yugawara (next town on the Tokyo side of Atami), and my former group has kindly allowed me to keep translating the chief bond strategist’s Daily report since then. From early 2008 to this summer, I spent nearly all my spare time digging up rubble and improving the soil in the neighboring vacant lot, which I rent from someone in Odawara. Now that lot is an immature but beautiful garden with five fruit trees and a plant with tempura-friendly leaves, among many other trees, shrubs, and perennials. Is there something about aging that makes people want to grow more of their own food? You seem to have moved in the same direction, and probably further than I have. I don’t really miss central Tokyo and I go there only a few times a year. I’d rather have people from Tokyo come to visit me.
    Isn’t Mendocino in Silicon Valley? Sounds expensive, but maybe you’ve got the weather and environment to justify it. My house was 20 years old when I bought it, and even after fairly extensive renovations, it cost about as much as a very small, pre-owned apartment in an undesirable part of Tokyo. And I have views that would be worth a million dollars in Vancouver. I’m glad the Japanese value things so differently from Westerners. I wouldn’t mind having a pet, like you, but dogs can’t be left alone for long, and a cat would probably pick on my beloved lizards and toads in the garden. Therefore, no pets for now.
    Time to make dinner. Let me know how life is treating you and don’t forget that prioritized reading list.

    Greg B,

    • Jeanmarie permalink

      Wow, Greg! So nice to hear from you! I will digest this and write back more later. My boyfriend is waiting for me to go watch the latest episode of Caprica with him. One short correction, Mendocino is a county north of San Francisco, about 3 1/2 hours away, so about 4 1/2 hours from Silicon Valley. More later!
      Jeanmarie (are you on Facebook?)

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