Meet the Founders of PERMA-EARTH
My name is Mariah Jade Campbell and I am the creator of PERMA∞EARTH Eco-Farm and Apothecary. I am a certified Permaculture Landscape Designer and a member of the American Herbalists Guild. I handcraft and formulate all Perma-Earth products. My husband and I also grow many ingredients that we use in Perma-Earth products.
I was born and spent the first part of my childhood where we are now in Southeastern Indiana between fields of corn, soybeans, and grazing farm animals. I learned to enjoy the outdoors in all of its seasons from an early age. I fell in love with the four seasons and the magical splendor of a shady forest grove in the middle of summer, or running through a corn-maze and playing in the fallen leaves during autumn. Icy winter turned into glorious spring with a much-needed refreshment of color. “How does all of nature work together to create those lush woods abounding with life?” was a question that never crossed my mind. I was content basking in the miracle of life whenever I could get away from the usual daily routine of school, homework, and television.
Spending the summers with my father on his horse-farm in Kentucky gave me a small glimpse into a life of hard-work on a piece of land. I also heard stories from my grandfather of the life he lived on his father’s conventional crop farm in the mid-20th century. It did not sound like a fun time at all. The excessive labor and dangers of physical and chemical exposures were not appealing to me, even if I did get some food out of it. But to them, there was no other alternative in sight; it was the new “tradition”.
When I was 12, we moved to the Florida Keys and I spent the second half of my life in Florida. I began to appreciate sea life for it’s worth and loved to learn about it. Some of my most memorable times were kayaking through the mangrove forests, Hurricane Wilma, the Wildlife Centers, and participating in the Community Theatre programs.
I was of course expected to attend college, so I did for about two and a half years, studying mainly philosophy and psychology, then I decided to leave and explore life a little more to find my true path.
I became more aware of wellness, ethics, and the impacts of my lifestyle on the planet. I learned more about the needs and sensitivities of my body. I became a vegan for 3 years (I am obviously not anymore due to health reasons).
I became obsessed in making the best life decisions, which was an extreme challenge. I began to learn more about living a healthy life while being kind to the Earth as I was working in health food stores and health-based restaurants.
I considered living a simpler life without all of the accelerating modern-day hysteria. This lead me down a long road of research and eventually I came across the term “permaculture” farming, which means “permanent culture.” This is to emphasize our needs as humans for high-quality food, water, air, and overall ecosystems to thrive in any situation.
I received my Permaculture Design Certificate from Oregon State University’s PACE Program through the Cascadia Permaculture Institute in December of 2014, which taught me how to create and maintain an abundantly self-sustaining ecosystem in all of the different biomes on Earth.
The way our modern society consumes and produces as a whole is not very sustainable. I believe in the value of what our ancestors knew hundreds of years ago about living off of the land, so I learn as much as I can about self-sustainability and teach this to others. I share my knowledge and services in the effort to help create strong, stable, and happy communities.
One of the things I love to do and am completely obsessed with is making organic herbal body products. Check out our shop here! My husband and I are in the beginning stages of growing and producing foods from our garden and perennial orchards on our 1.5 acre homestead. To learn more about our farm, please visit Our Farm page.
Using organically and sustainably homegrown herbs and animal products to create natural products is a humble and busy living that I very much enjoy. It fulfills so much in my life and heart and soul, if this is something that resonates with you, I highly recommend that you start your own unique little homestead too!
After all, if everyone supported their local businesses, we could go back to being mostly farmers and craftspeople!
My husband Brandon Campbell has been an avid hunter and fisherman since he was a child. He often spent his childhood fishing around Hardy Lake. He grew up in the same area I did and we even attended the same elementary school, but we never knew each other as children. He has been beekeeping with his father since his teenage years. He often considered becoming a professional fisherman, fishing guide, or a conservation officer before attending school to become a certified Radiology Technician. In many way does he help keep this business going!
Perma-Earth would not be where it is without him, he is my biggest assistant and often calls me “boss lady”. He contributes so much in every way he can. He is also passionate about homesteading, growing plants, and caring for animals.