Green Gal began as an eco-friendly blog in 2009 and has since grown into a small business that has offered fresh organic vegetables and flowers, organic sourdough bread, and consulting services for small ecological and socially focused businesses.

In addition to offering consulting services, Green Gal is currently focused on storytelling, inspiring change, and offering educational resources through the blog, social media, and a monthly newsletter. Melissa (Green Gal) writes about her experiences as a mama who cares deeply about how people relate to each other, the land, and the many forms of life with whom we coexist.

Through her own reflections as well as recommended resources from others, she often shares about organic and regenerative gardening and farming; actively engaging with anti-racism work as a white woman raising a white son; eco-friendly lifestyle choices; the joys of reading and writing; considerations for aligning our purchasing decisions with our values; connecting with nature and soul; and more!  

Melissa (Green Gal) is a writer, mama, organic gardener, educator, and small business consultant living on colonized ancestral land of the Wašiw people/Washoe Tribe (Reno, NV). A guiding quote in her life has been Gandhi’s “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

For 5.5 years, Melissa supported education and outreach programs and projects at the UCSC Sustainability Office and other campus organizations. She received her B.A. in Literature in 2014 from UCSC, where as an undergrad she designed and taught two courses.

In 2017, Melissa participated in the UC Santa Cruz Farm Apprenticeship program and received her Certificate in Ecological Horticulture. She also received her Permaculture Design Certificate from Santa Cruz Permaculture in 2017 and participated in the same course the following year as a teaching assistant.

At the end of 2017, Melissa launched Green Gal Consulting, offering digital marketing, writing, editing, administrative support, and other services for small businesses. She continues to offer these services for a handful of small ecological and socially focused businesses.

For the 2018 growing season, Melissa cultivated Green Gal’s Garden, a small market garden and community supported agriculture (CSA) program in the Santa Cruz Mountains. At the end of 2018, Melissa and her husband moved to Reno, Nevada, where she started selling her organic sourdough bread at the local Riverside Farmers Market in Reno.

Her market gardening and micro-bakery projects are currently on hiatus while she focuses on raising her child (born April 2020), continuing her consulting work, learning how to garden effectively in the high desert, and sharing stories and education through the Green Gal blog, which she has been writing since 2009. 

Green Gal in her childhood garden in the 1990s.