Our friend and author Jeanne Nolan spent 17 years on a communal farm then returned directionless to her parents’ North Shore home. This passage from her book, From the Ground Up – A Food Grower’s Education In Life, Love, and the Movement That’s Changing the Nation, talks about the very first garden she built–for her mom, as it happened. It’s a passage about beginnings–of a garden, of course, but also a career and a larger journey. Jeanne speaks at the Good Food Festival on Organic Vegetable Gardening for the Backyard Farmer – helping people to start their own beginnings!
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“I don’t need rest,” I said quietly as I helped Thea down from her booster chair. “I need to do something.”
My mom was rinsing plates in the kitchen and couldn’t have heard me. But the next morning, as I helped her dry the breakfast dishes, she said, “You could plant a garden.”
I looked at her. What? [Read more...]