A Pioneer in Self-Reliant Living and Teaching: Prudence Boczarski

| 9/13/2018 11:17:00 AM


Recently, Prudence Boczarski was at the Highland Park farmers market showing school children how to raise worms in one’s backyard.  Boczarski and her co-worker were cutting strips of old newspaper and putting it into a large bucket with the worms.  “Worms love to devour the OLD newspaper,” said Boczarski with a  smile as all the children peered into the bucket.  “They turn all this into good soil,” she said.

Boczarski was representing her natural bakery business and the non-profit she’s represented for the past 40 years. The focus of the non-profit, WTI, is – among other things – to show city-dwellers how to live better with less, including using earthworms to help grow our food. 

At the farmers market booth, plants are sold that are propagated from parent plants growing at the non-profit’s nearby headquarters, all growing in recycled containers.  These plants include medicinal plants such as Aloe vera and Peruvian mint, foods such as nopales and nasturtium, and air-cleaners such as spider plant.

Boczarski has been active in self-reliance living and education even before this lifestyle gained its current popularity.

In the late 1970s, she was featured in the Pasadena Star News for her “roving sewer” business where she did low-cost sewing repairs door to door.  Her specialty was advising her clients on the appropriate fabrics for “survival clothing,” and avoiding fabrics that don’t “breathe” as much as possible.

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