Natural Papa Chosen for Best of Green Award from TreeHugger

Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Natural Papa was chosen for Best Health and Wellness Website in TreeHugger’s Best of Green 2010!

When I first saw the nomination, I was flattered, but when I saw who I was up against (Environmental Working Group!), I dismissed any hope I had of winning the award. So when I got an email letting me know that Natural Papa won, I thought “This must be some sort of prank. Didn’t we pass April Fool’s Day already?”

But it’s not a joke. When I found out it was for real, I about fell over backwards! I clicked through to the link they sent me and read their summary, and I was stunned to read what they had to say:

“Lots of sites focus on natural remedies, healthy living, family life, and even natural parenting, but none do so with the heartfelt passion and emotional insight of Natural Papa. Curated by Derek Markham, the site goes where many men fear (but shouldn’t) to tread. Does your wife’s zeal for home birthing scare you silly? Curious about home schooling, but worried you’ll be ostracized by your community? Natural Papa is here to help.

But even if you aren’t in the market for natural-parenting advice, the site delivers mind-expanding commentary that’s wholly worthwhile. Articles such as When Does a Boy Become a Man? Our Missing Rites of Manhood and Advice to Myself as a Young Man peer keenly into the cultural complexities and societal norms that hamper personal development and interfere with the pursuit of true happiness.”

Many thanks to all of you who read Natural Papa!

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

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