Summer Rayne Oakes

Summer Rayne Oakes

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Summer Rayne Oakes is an entrepreneur, author and model whose work centers on health, wellness and sustainability. Graduating Cornell University cum laude with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology, Oakes began to bridge her interest in ecological systems to industries that affect our everyday life—from what we wear to what we eat to what we grow. In 2009, while modeling full-time, Oakes co-founded the award-winning start-up Source4Style (now Le Souk) to connect designers to more sustainable textile suppliers around the globe—from cotton weavers in India to silk spinners in Cambodia. From there she applied her knowledge of sustainable systems to the world of food, helping to launch food startups seeking to build and strengthen more sustainable, regional food systems. After working to nix her own sweet tooth, Oakes founded in 2014, a website which offers easy-to-follow, affordable 10-day and 30-day guided cleanses, centered around helping people transition away from sugary, processed foods and to begin embracing whole foods free of added sugars. Most recently, she founded Homestead Brooklyn to help people become more attuned to nature in the city, largely around growing plants indoors and outdoors. Homestead Brooklyn includes a blog and Instagram channel (@homesteadbrooklyn), a weekly YouTube series called "Plant One On Me", Plant Swaps, and the Houseplant Masterclass (—the first online audiovisual course on houseplant cultivation, care and maintenance. Oakes’ vision is to help find the extraordinary in the everyday person by inspiring and empowering those to live an active, healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life. Her work has been featured in a range of media outlets worldwide including: CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue, Vanity Fair, INC, and others. You may see her in Brooklyn cooking sugar-free meals, hanging out at her local community garden, or tending to her own copious indoor jungle. More about her work at,, and
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