Steward of the Land:

Brook Power

Brook Power

I grew up in a very tumultuous home, nature was always my retreat and my solace. My first job I gave myself as a child was an avocado farmer. I grew up right against the jungle in Hawaii, so the avocados on the trees grew like weeds, I guess I was more of an avocado harvester than an avocado farmer hahah. I was an expert tree climber so I had the right skillset for the job haha. I was in heaven climbing the trees in the rain all day, lugging heavy bags of avocados, setting up my little stand. I sold them on the side of the road and I saved that money for years and years, eventually moving to California with my avocado money. Those gifts the trees gave me helped me gain my independence and freedom! I am eternally indebted to nature for providing my first finances and my mental stability and strength. It always filled my cup. While I would love to continue to be an avocado farmer haha, (although avocado farming in California is a very resource heavy crop, unlike in Hawaii) its probably not in the cards for me at the moment, so I want to give back to this glorious planet in any way I can. Im a mother of two now, five younger siblings, nieces and nephews galore, I want them to be as blessed by nature as I always was. One day I hope to have my own regenerative farm but until then raising awareness on regenerative practices is the best I can do! Grateful for the opportunity and so proud of the Christy Dawn team!

How Would You Describe Your Style?

My style I feel reflects my Sicilian heritage, my old Los Angeles roots and also Hawaii, where I grew up. So basically, I'm a barefoot raggamuffin wearing not enough clothing on my body and too much jewelry haha!

My Favorite Christy Dawn Pieces are:

How Do You Honor Mother Earth?

I pray every day that I be more and more conscious of how to better take care of this beautiful place we were given and given the job of caring for. Ive been planting the seeds to work with my neighborhood to implement non toxic gardening practices and chemical free rodent control, a task that can be challenging for our elder generations to accept, but it's a battle worth fighting. I live north of Los Angeles, surrounded by land conservancy and open, wild spaces that once belonged to the Chumash and other native tribes. A Chumash elder told me once how they would wait to harvest the acorns from the oak trees until the birds and squirrels had their first pick. I thought that was the sweetest, and also so sad as that is now a lost era of coexistence. Living surrounded by nature I am constantly aware and reminded of our impact upon the land. From wildfires caused by mismanaged land and drought due to climate change, to poisoned birds of prey laying on the ground, from eating poisoned rats. Fields of glyphosate sprayed crops are just below us in Camarillo, and I see every day the workers planting and harvesting these poisoned crops. It breaks my heart to see my fellow brothers and sisters forced to be exposed to such toxic chemicals day after day. We need to do better! Signs of an unhealthy soil biome are everywhere, and unhealthy humans and wildlife are a byproduct. Ive been healing the soil in my own backyard this past year, excited to see how this little plot of land gives back to us. Its wonderful to know that the earth under my kids feet is un-poisoned and their little hands can at least safely play in this soil. Living sustainably becomes addictive in a way, when you see how everything can come together to support itself. I love creating a balanced, mini ecosystem in my own backyard and home. Even though its far from a perfect cycle, some sustainability is better than none! I pray for the wisdom to effectively encourage others to find ways they can increase sustainability and regenerative practices. And in that way honor our earth, and by doing that honor and heal ourselves, because we are nature too!