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I’m Jen Starks, the founder of Ecological Babies.
You can learn more about why I started EB in our “Our
about being part of my community, connecting to local businesses
and residents. I love helping families learn how to raise
their children more sustainably, especially regarding cloth
I practice my own version
of attachment parenting and strive to find balance in my
role as a mom of 2 young kids, working at home, keeping
up being our homemaker, and finding time to pursue my outside
interests. I love yoga, knitting, famers markets (especially
our co-op), leisure cooking (a rare gem these days), live
jazz music, playing piano & guitar, gardening, hiking,
and camping. Those who know me well know that I am as extroverted
as it comes with a splash of humor.
Jennifer, our newest team member
I was raised in
a small Michigan town and learned at an early age to be
as minimally wasteful as possible. Over the years, this
has developed into a true passion of mine and I have developed
a deep respect for protecting our planet.
My husband and
I have two boys, ages seven and two, and while I was not
familiar with cloth diapering for my first-born, I have
definitely come to love it with my two year old. I am a
strong supporter of breastfeeding, baby wearing, and, like
Jen, my own unique blend of attachment parenting. In my
“free time” (wait… do moms EVER truly
have that?) I am an avid runner and enjoy quilting, crafting,
gardening, yard work, reading, and spending time with friends
I am excited to
join the Ecological Babies team and look forward to serving
my Tallahassee community!
about Claire, in her own words...
was born in La Grange, Georgia on December 18, 1982. The
next summer, my family moved to Marietta. When I was in
third grade, we moved to Lufkin, Texas because of my father's
job. As a child, I was very active, and loved playing with
anything from mud to Barbies. I was and still remain very
close to my parents and older sister. As a teenager, I fell
in love with classical music, and began studying the oboe.
I married my husband, Nathan, in 2003 after meeting as fellow
fine arts students (him - theatre, me- music) at Stephen
F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Nathan
and I loaded up the cats and moved to Tallahassee in July
2005 so I could pursue a Masters of Music - oboe performance,
at Florida State University. After graduating in 2007, we
decided to stick around another year or two...and ended
up deciding we liked Tallahassee after all! Nathan teaches
theatre and language arts at Deerlake Middle School, and
is involved with Tallahassee Little Theatre both on and
off stage. We have a 3 1/2 year old son, Grant, who loves
trucks, robots, and playing in the sand. When I'm not coaching
new parents through diapering decisions, I can usually be
found playing oboe in community groups and pit orchestras,
cooking and baking up a storm in the kitchen, or playing
in the backyard with my boy.
When I found out Jen was moving back home to Indiana but
looking to keep the business going here, I jumped at the
chance. I have been with Ecological Babies since the spring
of 2010, and I love it! My favorite part of being an Ecological
Babies Team Member is doing Cloth Diaper 101 workshops.
It's a great way to connect with new parents and ease their
concerns right up front. Many of my workshops take place
at The Birth Cottage, and I love our relationship with them.
It is such a friendly, homey atmosphere, and I like the
conversational tone I'm able to adopt when speaking to parents
there. I also really enjoy registry appointments. It's such
a warm, mutual blessing to be able to invite someone into
my home and connect them on a personal level, and help them
customize a list of exactly what they'll need to diaper
their new baby.
It's great to have the flexibility of working from home.
I would love for Ecological Babies to have a store one day,
but for now I set up shop at the kitchen counter. My "store"
is a constantly changing display in my guest room/play room/office.
I have a big squishy arm chair in there that mamas are able
to cozy up in with their babies (or their bellies!) while
we chat and spread out all the diapers. My son Grant is
my little helper, fetching inventory from the garage and
"helping" carry customers' bags out to the car.
If I could teach him to answer the phone and make invoices,
we'd really be all set!
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