Who is Heidi Richter?
In a nutshell, a Canadian West coast dweller who thrives living as close to nature as possible with her husband, 3 year old son and a quirky French Bulldog.
I am a deeply creative individual with a love of whole, nourishing foods, organic gardening, simple living and photography. I hold a great respect for nature and do my best to honour it every day through small, thoughtful choices; I have chosen to eat a vegan diet for about 12 years and it continues to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Ironically, I also have a very nerdy side that loves computers and can watch Star Wars (the original trilogy) or Lord of the Rings on repeat. My dream home is a Hobbit hole, but I am quite content with our current house… for now, I suppose.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
There are too many to list, but one that jumps out would be my very first visit to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I was about ten at the time and the island was a very different place than it is today. Spending time exploring and soaking up the West coast generated a spark that lead to a deep love of this immensely beautiful place I now call home.
If you could have a do-over in life, what would you do differently?
Perhaps many things, yet also nothing at all… happiness has found me here along with good challenges.
However, if I could give my younger self some hints, I would suggest taking less “advice” from others (well-intentioned or otherwise) and encourage the following of my heart with the utmost trust and appreciation for its guidance.
Also, I would have taken up photography much earlier on… to think of the collection of lenses I could have by now!
What do you feel most proud of?
Completing my open water scuba certification; it was an experience like none other to date. The course was physically and mentally demanding, but so rewarding when I was 60 feet down and looking up at an ‘ocean sky’ above…it was the epitome of breathtaking (I think there’s a pun in there) and utterly surreal!
If you could keep only 3 possessions, what would they be and why?
That’s difficult. My husband is an avid woodworker and has crafted many one-of-a-kind pieces I’d never want to part with. If I had to pick, I would choose my health, my hand-carved engagement ring and my DSLR camera and 35mm lens (I hope that would count as one thing).
What do you want your tombstone to say?
“I didn’t ask for a tombstone, guys”.
Just kidding. Honestly, I love the idea of having my ashes planted alongside a tree…that’s my belief in a life after death.
What is “The Simple Green”?
An award nominated food blog inspired by a love for plant-based recipes, food photography, writing, organic gardening and simple living. I often call it my “recipe catalogue/diary”. It’s such a labour of love and marries so many of my creative passions in one place. My goal is to gently inspire others to make small shifts towards a more thoughtful and, perhaps, more nourishing way of life.
What is your favorite kind of coffee?
When the mood hits, I prefer a manual drip dark roast with cinnamon or reishi mushroom brewed with the grinds. My coffee usually comes with a sundry of extracts, herbs or spices; I love to experiment with flavours. Naturally, during the hotter months, it’s a cold brew… I love the patience involved with steeping the grinds for so long and the thicker, sweeter profile it creates.
In which coffee shops are we likely to bump into you?
Not many because I tend to enjoy coffee at home. Plus, our city doesn’t have much to choose from.
Whenever possible, I support the local shops here and Bocca Cafe in the Old City Quarter is definitely a favourite when we’re in the area. Victoria, a much larger city down island, has a fair share of great spots, many of which I still have to visit.
What does a perfect day look like?
I love Fall, so it would certainly take place in early Autumn with an overcast sky, but no rain (a rare occurrence as we live in a rainforest). We’d be heading out for a hike with my camera in tow, then back inside to warm up with a hot drink, followed by planning out the evening meal. Any day spent with family, homemade food and our son’s laughter is a perfect day for me.