The Gigantic leaf pile

Many people groan when it comes to raking leaves in the Fall, but I don’t get it.  I wait for a beautiful, sunny day after all the leaves have fallen.  Then I go out with my rake, and enjoy being outside, the rhythmic swoosh-swoosh of the rake, and the crunchy rustle of the leaves.  Continue reading “The Gigantic leaf pile”

First official step: a class

I have been dabbling in growing food for many years.  Our yard, which is about 1/3 of an acre, has been gradually converted into a motley collection of fruit and vegetables.  There’s the ramps, fiddleheads, and mushrooms back in the “woods”; the bees under the flowering cherry; the strawberries, currants, apples, sour cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and grapes.  From May to October, we can go out on most days and munch on some fruit or green.  It’s fun and rewarding, but I know that our production is just a fraction of what it could be. Continue reading “First official step: a class”

Community connecting

As I said, one of the exciting aspects of this new endeavor is that there are so many people who are trying to figure out how to grow food in a healthy, equitable, restorative way.  Yesterday, I went to a Meetup hosted by the Boston Food Forest Coalition to work with some fellow farm folks at an Audubon sanctuary in Mattapan (two weeks ago, I attended another BFFC Meetup in Dorchester to plant a food forest on an urban waste plot with about 50 other volunteers and had a lot of fun).  The BFFC is a very active organization that works with neighborhoods and neighbors to plant food forests all around Boston. Continue reading “Community connecting”

Why I want to be a farmer

We all eat.  In fact, producing food is humanity’s largest endeavor. Every year, we produce almost ten trillion pounds of food  — vegetables, fruits grains, meat, fish, mushrooms, eggs…   It swamps other huge industries like cars and trucks, of which we produce a mere 400 billion pounds per year.  According to Toensmeier in The Carbon Farming Solution, about half of the greenhouse gases we produce come from growing, processing, and transporting food.  But there is a flipside: in the wonderful book, Drawdown, we find that changing what we eat, how we grow food and plants can help to restore the planet.  Really: we humans can be part of the solution! Continue reading “Why I want to be a farmer”

Putting blueberries and asparagus to bed

Today was my first day back in the garden after a long hiatus recovering from various surgeries and going on a 7-week long walk through Spain and France along the old pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostella. Continue reading “Putting blueberries and asparagus to bed”