Bio

An environmental scientist and entomologist by training, Summer Rayne Oakes has spent the last fifteen years infusing sustainable-thinking and practices into the heart of the fashion, beauty and food industries. Most recently she launched Homestead Brooklyn, a popular website, Instagram, and YouTube channel to help people become more attuned to nature through what they grow—both inside their homes as well as out. She is also writing her fourth book, How to Make a Plant Love You: A Relationship Guide to Living with Plants; and is in the process of launching a Houseplant Masterclass online.

As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Summer Rayne is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through what they eat. In 2014, she founded SugarDetox.Me, a website offering 10-day and 30-day guided cleanses to help people come to terms with their sugar tooth, which later led to the creation of the cookbook and guide: SugarDetoxMe: 100 Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health (Sterling Epicure, February 2017); and co-authoring an upcoming book entitled Models Do Eat (Benbella Publishing, 2019).

Prior to this, Oakes co-founded Source4Style (now Le Souk), an award-winning, venture-backed B2B sustainable materials marketplace; designed environmentally conscious lines with brands such as Payless, Portico and Modo; authored the book, Style, Naturally (Chronicle Books, Feb 2009); and was a correspondent for Discovery Networks.

She graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Environmental Science; has spoken at over 200 events on topics such as environmental activism to entrepreneurship; and has been featured in press such as CNN, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Marilyn Denis Show (Toronto), and others.

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