Larissa Reznek, Designer and 'Rebel' Homesteader
Name: Larissa Reznek
Occupation: Web designer, writer, yoga teacher, step-mom and gardener
Place of Residence: Orford, New Hampshire
Background and Personal History:
Larissa is a bit of a rebel. She thinks she can grow just about anything in her rocky garden and doesn't like to read recipes too closely. After working with farmers and food producers for the past eight years, she founded Dark Roast Designs with the radical idea of using her spark for creativity, marketing experience, and web design skills to help farmers and other real food businesses look good so they can focus on what they do best: growing and producing food.
Raised in suburban New Jersey, Larissa earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in environmental planning & design, studying systems at the community and regional level through a multi-disciplinary approach that combined everything from green architecture to environmental policy and sustainable agriculture. After meeting her husband, Raphael, in 2011, Larissa and Raphael set out to turn their home into a homestead—a challenge that has forced Larissa to apply everything she knows about ecological design right in her own backyard.
Johns Hopkins University, MS Environmental Sciences & Policy
Bowdoin College, BA Environment Design
Creating a sustainable home. With the help of a builder, Larissa and her husband are renovating their home to maximize the use of their current building footprint and increase their home’s energy efficiency. While their long term goal is be completely off the grid, they are starting small by installing a generator, upgrading to all electric, energy efficient appliances (which will eventually be run by solar panels) and switching from their current woodstove to one that doubles as a hot water boiler.
Raising chickens. In August, Larissa and Raphael received their first eight chicks and plan to add a few layers each year to keep up with all the baking Larissa does.
Waterworks. Situated on a northwest-facing slope, Larissa and her husband are working with the natural topography of the land to maximize the soil’s fertility and use through the creation of swales and terracing.
Planting and maintaining perennial and annual gardens including berry bushes, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and flowers beds.
More Places to Find Larissa on the Web:
Blog site coming soon!