With the holidays behind me, I will eat sleep and breathe the garden. For as long as I remember, I have admired the beauty and felt the mysteries of the plant world. As a child I would examine the “weeds” in the lawn, tasting their bitterness on my tongue as I chewed them between my front teeth, as a teenager walking down a tree lined country road through dappled sunlight noticing wildflowers blooming sporadically along the forest floor, and as an adult growing tasty vegetables, aromatic herbs and brightly colored flowers at my organic farm. I can’t help but hear the conversations that quietly occur among the creatures in this leafy world.
Growing plants became more serious for me when I returned to college to study Horticulture at Michigan State University. Initially I wanted to design landscapes, but the more I learned about food production around the world, the more it became clear to me that I wanted to become involved with the local organic food movement. My farm was located in Southeast Michigan and it became USDA certified organic in 2004. I grew vegetables, herbs, flowers and Michigan native plants. As the economy began to collapse, we were forced to sell the farm and ride things out for the next few years, finding work, moving, finally settling in Mid-Michigan. For me and my family, our lives were changed by forces beyond our control, like many others in the world. For some this may sound like a sad story, but that is not what I am trying to convey. With these changes I have adapted and learned so much more about people and my relationship with plants and nature. A couple things I have learned are how to grow more plants in less space along with the many benefits of participating in a community gardening.
So, for 2012, my resolution is to actively participate in a so called “garden revolution” by sharing my knowledge and experiences with organically growing vegetables, herbs and flowers in small garden spaces and community gardens. You should find something interesting whether you are new to gardening, or a master. You can expect weekly posts on a variety of gardening topics. Most of all, if you follow from the start we will work together on planning, planting, growing, harvesting, and preserving My Urban Farmscape . As the season unfolds, and as time allows, you will find more frequent posts via this blog, Facebook or Twitter. I also look forward to hearing from you about your urban farmscape experiences. You are probably thinking, “It’s only January, it’s a long way from gardening in Michigan.” NOT! I’ve already started and you need to start too! Even if you live in a warmer climate, you will find helpful information on organic gardening in small spaces. Stay tuned to see how. So…What’s your 2012 Garden Revolution Resolution?