2010 marks a return to making time for two activities that enhance my life and bring me joy, painting outdoors and gardening. When Alexis, Nicole and Michael were young children we spent most of our days in our garden. The neighbors marked the end of winter by the day I began to dig in the dirt. A geodesic dome draped with brightly colored cloths and a homemade teepee provided shelter and an environment that nurtured our imaginations. Larkspur (inspired by the Nancy Drew novel ‘The Password to Larkspur Lane’ by Carolyn Keene) and cone flowers grew in abundance along one side of the fence, iris on the other. Pirate flags flapped in the breeze above the tepee or from the second story window of Michael’s bedroom. The garden was our joy and our sanity. The time has come to reclaim that joy and that sanity and to support the movement to grow healthy, organic, heirloom plants to nourish our bodies and to preserve our environment.
Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver’s book, ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’, I am listing sources for information to help you eat locally raised and grown food products and to raise and grow your own. My favorite heirloom seed company, Sheperd’s Garden Seeds, was sold to White Flower Farm. The original owner of Sheperd’s now has a new company, Renee’s Garden. Another fabulous heirloom seed company, Heronswood Nursery, Ltd. was purchase by Burpee and then closed. The trend to limit our garden seed to hybrids must stop.
Organizations teaching and promoting locally appropriate, sustainable farming:
Listings of local farmer’s markets and local producers: