Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan is Grist's "Greenie Pig" -- weathering all manner of inconvenience and insult in the name of forging a more eco-friendly life. She is a freelance writer and special projects editor at Backpacker magazine. Her writing has also appeared in 5280 (Denver's city magazine), Women's Adventure, and Spry.

Can you survive the backroads — and backcountry — without processed foods?

On a mission to eat only real foods, our fearless green-living pioneer braves convenience stores and mountain picnic spots -- and lives to tell the tale.

Sweet victory: How to have your unprocessed cake and eat it, too

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, attempts to eat out, and eat dessert, without consuming any processed ingredients. This could get ugly.

Guess what’s coming to dinner? The unprocessed food challenge continues

Having sworn off of hot dogs and Doritos, Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, sets out to a backyard barbecue at a friend’s house. Her mission: to pass on the processed foods without coming off as a jerk.

Resisting the temptation: The ultimate no-processed-food challenge

According to foodie gospel, processed foods are the product of the Evil Empire. Grist’s green-living pioneer wants to see if she can live without them in even the most difficult situations.

New Olympic sport: The speed shower

Let’s face it. You waste water when you wash. But Grist’s eco-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, has a whole bathtub full of solutions -- and she’s challenging you to a shower-off.

Flying the coop: The scrambled world of backyard poultry

Dream of nesting down with a flock of chickens, but too intimidated to try it? Our green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, discovers it’s not as hard as you think.

Plucking delicious: Last-minute foraging for a dinner party

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, picked a foraging theme for a small dinner party with friends. Here's what she cooked up.

Good clean fun: Can green gadgets replace the washing machine?

Grist's green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, tries her hand -- literally -- at skipping the resource-guzzling washer and dryer.

Resisting the splurge: The travails of an urban hunter-gatherer

Grist’s green-living pioneer, the Greenie Pig, quit shopping, cold turkey, for a month. Well, almost. What do you think -- in the No New Stuff challenge, did she pass or fail?