My Work / My Life
My early memories of family gatherings were of sitting around the kitchen table shelling peas, or being sent outside to shuck corn. Today these are processes in growing your own food; then, we just called it dinner. Growing up my family had three large gardens, giant blueberry bushes and several fruit trees that consumed most of our yard. It seemed to me to be a regular yard, but one that needed a lot of mowing and weeding! My father, who grew up on a North Dakota dairy farm, became an artisan glass worker and built our greenhouse where he would start seedlings early to get a jump on spring planting. I gained my inspiration and foodscape intuitiveness from him, watching him over many decades without fail - planting in the spring, and harvesting in the fall.
I am grateful that I later gained a degree in water ecology so that I could better interpret the connection between food and water, because gardening can really consume a lot of water! I also started practicing Permaculture which makes home gardening more cost effective - and more productive - for homeowners.
I continue to garden because I know it is a life skill imperative for today’s families and for the health of our environment. Plus, it’s ingrained. It’s what I do, what I have always done, and what I will always do. I get my hands dirty while I inspire, teach, and create garden visions - whatever and wherever they are!
In my spare time *HA* my father and I still play in the gardens together, teaching and learning from each other, coming up with a better compost mixture, or figuring out new ways to chase the deer away! Our home gardens are somewhat smaller these days, but they continue to entertain and feed us, with all their vibrant beauty and hearty abundance!