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Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne Oakes

"Eco-Model" & Author

Summer Rayne Oakes

"Eco-Model" & Author


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 in the city through what they grow—both inside their homes as well as out.

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.

Prior to this, Oakes co-founded Source4Style (now Le Souk), an award-winning, venture-backed B2B sustainable materials marketplace; designed environmentally conscious lines and modeled for brands such as Payless, Portico, Pirelli, and Modo; authored the book, Style, Naturally; and was a correspondent for Discovery Networks. She has been featured in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and others.

She graduated cum laude from Cornell University and you may often see her in Brooklyn tending to her copious indoor gardens, cooking with food she’s grown, or walking her pet chicken, Kippee in her community garden.

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Speech Topics

How to Make a Plant Love You: An Exploration into our Relationship with Plants

A Processed World: Nixing the World's Sweet Tooth

Fashion & Sustainability: The Naked Truth About Clothes

Finding Path & Purpose via a Non-Linear Life