Nikki Fotheringham at Green Moxie in Toronto

Nikki Fotheringham blog, Green Moxie, content marketingNikki Fotheringham is Green Moxie, evironmental bloggerNikki Fotheringham is a friend of mine. I met her the day I almost hired her, and I reckon we’re still friends today because I didn’t. I took one look at her resume and knew she was too good for my action. It was on that day she intrigued me and caught my attention with her ideas about measuring personal impact; she confessed to me in our first meeting how she was affected by a personal obsession to calculate her impact on things, on people, and on the environment.

Green Moxie is a reminder that there is no Planet B. Nikki dedicates herself to the outward presentation of this blog to raise awareness about everyone’s impact on nature – individuals and communities can make a difference, and in turn can be affected by larger or smaller bodies with compelling ideas and examples of positive change.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito,” African ProverbNikki Fotheringham explains Green Moxie to African VillagersNikki Fotherham grew up an independent headstrong daughter of a professional athlete in South Africa. She was a bookworm, but not a geek. She was a track and field star, a marathon runner that no boy could catch, and no parent could contain. She grew up in Johannesburg and studied Philosophy in university. A wonderful subject to behold and debate, she loved the program, but it was almost impossible to get a job upon graduation. Nikki’s first break was as a receptionist at a computer software company, and she hated that position. Instead of changing plans or perhaps quenching her fiery temperament, Nikki soon quit that job and made some radical changes to her career path; she writes “…as a true student of Philosophy, I decided it was the fabric of society that was at fault, so I gave it all up and moved to a hippie commune in the Drakensberg; a remote mountainous area in South Africa. The scenery was breathtaking and I reveled in my self-imposed asceticism. These were the days dreams are made from! With plenty of sunshine our little band of rag-tag gypsies sitting on the banks of the river that ran past the front of our rambling farm house, I really can’t remember how we managed to feed all five of us and a baby – we never really seemed to work. I bought the local video store…” Nikki Fotheringham

Green Moxie, Nikki Fotheringham in Venice Italy, blogger Nikki also typeset the local monthly newspaper which was antique but she loved the newspaper the most and so, when the commune disbanded after four fun years, she headed back to the big city of Durban where she took up a part-time position at the Natal Mercury – a local newspaper. It was her first foray into professional journalism and she was hooked. After gaining some recognition, Nikki discovered she was really employable and she soon got a full time position working at a home magazine called the HomeGuide. It was a great job and eventually she became the editor. After saving up her money, Nikki embarked on a world tour and she met her husband Ian while teaching English in Korea. She was 29 yrs old. Nikki Fotheringham the South Africa girl with Green Moxie blog in Mexico jungle Ian is from Canada and he’s is currently in his last year of a Sustainable Energy and Building Technology diploma at Humber College. He has Green Moxie. Eight years after they were married the couple worked all over the world in many different vocations – Korea, Taiwan, Kuwait, Oman and Frankfurt Germany. During that time she traveled through the United States, central and North America, all through Asia, to India and Nepal, the Middle East and, during one memorable year, drove the entire length of Africa. The environment has always been core to Nikki Fotheringham’s existence and those memories are the body of experiences she draws upon as upon today, as a much-sought-after environmental writer, and she works almost exclusively for a Jib Strategic content marketing company in Toronto who specializes in raising awareness for products designed for the green building industry. Her reward is seeing the new building products and services she extols become successful in the marketplace, and she takes great satisfaction in her own Green Moxie, her push to change the world one blog post at a time.

Post by Robert Campbell on Sunday Mar 3rd, 2013

Dumpdiggers – Treasure Under Toronto

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hands, teapotDumpdiggers chronicles the adventures of low tech treasure hunters Rob Campbell (that’s me) and Tim Braithwaite as we research and recover antiques from forgotten historical sites.

Lately I’ve been blogging about metal detectors and a charismatic antiques dealer at Queen St and Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto named Pickwick (Harold Barrett).  And every now and then I’ll try to sell something online – this summer I’ve experimented with costume jewelry.  For some reason I’m obsessed with finding a workable ‘buy local / sell global’ mercantile strategy; in other words buying relatively rare stuff cheap at yard sales, and then ‘flipping it’ for profit on eBay – its a nice idea, but I’ve yet to succeed.

Each week, Rob Campbell (that’s me) updates the blog’s content and completes another chapter in the compelling quest to find history and grow as wealthy as the Wise Old Man. He has adventures all over Ontario and in the company of a metal roof contractor that works with aluminum shingles. He has a truck and specialized roofing tools which are also excellent dumpdigging apparatus.

Toronto from Cherry St bridge

Each post is built to thrill readers with good information and the possibility of spectacular success; the blog is spiced with local adventures and the sauce of commercial avarice.

Here’s an August 08 vision of the east Lakeshore – this is the Golden Triangle of old Toronto. Buried under this lush vegetation from the Cherry St bridge west to Victory Soy Mills and north to Front Street are thousands of collectible bottles; a museum’s supply of early Canadian glass waits to be found.

In the late 1800’s, early Canadian glasshouses made many different types of specialized vessels to contain medicines, liniments, whiskeys, ginger beers, inks, poisons, and milk – now this ‘gem field’ of beautiful antique glass waits for the next property developers or anyone with intuition and the strength to dig a deep hole.

Dumpdiggers estimates that 80% of the east Toronto lakeshore dump (which dates from the early 1900’s) will be scooped out and hauled away in trucks and then reburied in obscurity somewhere else in the city when this area is developed sometime in the next decade.

Dumpdiggers will be watching from the gate.  We also endorse this portable toilet rentals company in Ontario canada.