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Queen of Green

Eco expert Sara Snow has a mission: to show families that saving energy is fun and easy.

Queen of Green
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The daughter of Eden Foods cofounder Tim Redmond, Sara Snow grew up in the Michigan countryside eating foods from the garden and turning the compost pile. While her green habits never faded—she still composts, eats organic and local foods, and recycles everything from clothing to kitchen cabinets with her husband Ryan in their Indiana home—Snow realized two years ago she was no longer the healthy person she had always been.

As an Emmy award-winning TV producer and reporter, she had a grueling schedule (waking up at 3 A.M.) and was losing her energy and enthusiasm. She decided to make a change: "If I was going to work in TV, I wanted to talk about something that mattered to me," she says. So, Snow, 31, created the first of two TV series for the Discovery Channel network to inspire people to lead healthy and eco-conscious lives. Between her first show, Living Fresh, and her latest, Get Fresh with Sara Snow (still airing on Discovery Home Channel), Snow covered everything from shopping for eco fashion to cooking without electricity. In Get Fresh, Snow also made it her mission to help families adopt simple energy-saving habits. With her third green show in development and a book in the offing, Snow is still motivating people to ease their impact on the earth. We caught up with her in New York to learn how.

Your dad founded an organic food company in 1968. Does that give you extra credibility as a green expert?
Definitely. My parents raised me and my brother to be mindful of the effect our actions have on our health and the planet, so I've lived that way all my life.

What was your green childhood like?
When I was 2 years old, we moved from our home in Ann Arbor, Mich., to an eco-friendly house in the country, where we planted big organic food gardens

What did you have in the garden?
We grew things like zucchini, cucumbers, and beans, and tons of greens in a garden close to the house. Down the hill, we had another garden where we grew strawberries, currants, and melons. We pickled some of our veggies and canned our tomatoes so we could still eat from the garden in winter. My mom made all of our bread from scratch and sweetened our desserts with fruit juice.

Did your mom make your clothes?
She did when we were young. Also, much of what we wore was secondhand. I still buy jewelry and clothes secondhand all the time.

What other natural techniques did your parents teach you?
Composting was a family affair. We had a collection bowl in the kitchen that I loved taking out to the garden because I got to meander through our mint patch on the way.

You mentioned your house was environmentally friendly.
Yes. My uncle and dad built it that way. It was three levels and wideopen, so during the winter, the heat could travel up from our woodburning stove and in from our greenhouse. During the summer, we'd open the windows in the morning and at night to create cross-ventilation and close them in the middle of the day to keep out the heat.