Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees …

Julie Gibbons Says Go OrganicHello! I’m Julie Gibbons – a committed organic lifestyle enthusiast, connecting organic people with organic products and services.

By dispensing practical advice and sharing my  real life experiences I want to help you navigate all the organics do’s and don’ts and the confusing advice – so you can live your own organic lifestyle.

I think this way of life is pretty cool and I recommend it wholeheartedly to you. Whichever bit of it works for you – take it and use it as your own. This isn’t a prescription. It’s a platform for our ideas. We experiment a fair bit ;)

Who Am I?

I quit the software marketing rat race five years ago to discover an organic lifestyle, build a location independent income, home educate my son and spend my family holidays house swapping. Throw in a little baking, some marketing expertise and a lot of magic and you’ll start to get to the bottom of what turns me on.

I’m also a Member of The Soil Association , Garden Organic and The Real Bread Campaign, and am probably still on the MI5 Wanted list for participating in all those SCRAM and CND demos as a student. You can see the more creative me over at my personal site Julie Gibbons.

Our Organikal Story

Organikal started back in 2006 as a way to capture our experiences of living an organic lifestyle.  Sometimes we’re good at it – and sometimes we suck!

Here are just some of the goals we set out with in 2006;

  • become supermarket free
  • become chemical free
  • grow our own fruit & veg
  • make our own real bread every day
  • use only ethical, renewable or sustainable utility supplies
  • build/restore our main house to be off grid

More than 4 years on and we visit supermarkets rarely, we buy organic groceries and we make our own bread. We’re still a whole lifetime away from supplying our own fruit and veg and generating our own power – but we’ve achieved a whole heap of other stuff in the meantime;

  • we’re cubicle and employer-free
  • we’re active house-swappers – no all-inclusive long-haul hols for us
  • we’re successfully home educating

And the eco house and self-sustaining food supply is still an active goal – we’ve just installed our first polytunnel!

House Swapping Adventures

Elsewhere on the web

You can see just some of the articles we’ve featured in here :  STV The Hour | The Guardian | Location Independent Parents

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Can You Be Location Independent With Children And Babies? | Location Independent Parents
December 2, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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Lois, Home Base Holidays January 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Hi Julie

Just re-tweeted the link to your home exchange story on STV. What a lovely, relaxed feature – well done, esp. to Ruaridh, an living advertisement for home schooling and life on the move.

I had read the article you featured in in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago and your name rang a bell. I would love to link to your article on your experiences of discussing home swapping on live TV in a post on our blog.

I look forward to following your next adventures. My son has recently started his travelling adventures, starting in Bangkok. We now run Home Base Holidays as partners and, with Skype and sharing work online, it’s hardly any different than working together in London – good to get up in the morning and see Mark’s already been busy checking email and working!



Julie Gibbons January 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Thanks Lois! Please do link to the article, of course. More than happy to do something specific for you as well :-)

Great to hear you’re managing to run your business from remote locations. Our day business has it built into the philosophy which is very cool!


Jean at The Delightful Repast August 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Hello Julie

Found you through the lovely Joanna Paterson. She noted that you and I share a lot of common interests.

“Separating out each of the individual elements of my life would take about a million blogs.” Yes, I often find bloggers who have separate blogs for this and that, and it just does not make any sense to me. I think you are wise to not separate out the various aspects of your “organikal” life.

Mine is simply a food blog, so obviously I don’t get into all the other green-living stuff that I do. I just focus on the food, demonstrating the deliciousness of foods that are organic and sustainable, produced with as little harm as possible to the planet and the workers involved.

PS Would love to be off the grid!


Julie Gibbons August 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

Jean – so wonderful to hear from you. Thanks for visiting – it’s always great to link up with other like-minded souls, isn’t it? People like Joanna offer a great gift of doing so at just the right time, with just the right folks :)

I love food blogs – off to investigate your delicious recipes right now!


Susi September 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Hi Julie
Found your site while pottering about on the internet.
Off to have a good old read, looks to be some nice useful information here for us!

We’re trying to do our bit, but falter frequently along the way for one reason or another. But each tiny step is one in the right direction!

Not sure we’ll manage something as grand as our own power at our current abode but it’s in the future-plan!!



Julie Gibbons October 2, 2010 at 9:02 am

Thanks for visiting Susi – better to light a candle than curse the darkness, as the saying goes :) x


jojo January 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

hi julie, great site! very inspirational!! me and my hubby would love to be off the grid. grow all our own food. AND make our own bread… and love learning that others are doing and striving for that as well. it is slow going but in the meantime we are full-on veggies and only buy organic. so i applaud what you are doing here!! great site.


Nicola Henderson March 9, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Hi Julie

What a gorgeous site about a fantastic lifestyle! I found you via Sophie Nicholls on Twitter.

I love your sentence:
“Throw in a little baking, some marketing expertise and a lot of magic and you’ll start to get to the bottom of what turns me on.”

We’re abandoning our cubicles and moving to self-employment in the Perthshire countryside in July. I’m so excited about becoming location independent and living where we want to live because it’s beautiful and makes us happy.

I’m off to check out your creative site now.



Julie Gibbons March 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thanks for visiting, Nicola :) Escaping from the cubicle is such a really great adventure – good luck!


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