Where It All Started…
This is me and two of my three children…16 years ago….starting our first garden. And it all began with a trip to the grocery store. We were in the produce aisle and I said “do you know where apples come from?” My then little boy pointed to the bin and said “right there, momma!”
I laughed and then explained that apples grew on trees. I walked them around the grocery store explaining where the different fruits and vegetables came from and they both looked at me like I had two heads. So off we went to my local gardening co-op to buy seeds and begin a garden.
Both sets of my grandparents grew their own food, but I only had vague memories of how to grow anything. This little project would end up teaching me just as much as it taught them.
Not really sure what I was doing, we borrowed a tiller from our neighbor, plowed up that patch of grass you see, and planted seeds.
Sixteen years later, that experiment evolved into my passion: a backyard farm complete with garden cage, greenhouse, raised beds, a composting bin, a little chicken coop with four hens, and a seasonal blog and Youtube channel!
2020 marks my sixteenth year of growing my own food! It is also my tenth year of blogging about it all. To celebrate my blog’s milestone, I have begun my own website and have imported my blog here. I have so much planned for this site! Be sure to subscribe and grow with me, okay?
Let’s Get Growin’!
“If you control the food, you control the power.” Take your power back today! Head over to my Youtube channel by clicking the icon above. You’ll get lots of tips and tricks on vegetable gardening. Problem with your seedlings? Black spots on the bottom of your tomatoes? White powder on the leaves of your plant? I’ve got answers for you!
Farmers Markets, Not Stores
Only have a small space to garden? No problem! My “No More Grocery Store” series on Youtube will show you how to supplement what you grow with healthy dairy, meats, and veggies from local farms and farmers markets!
Where to Begin?
Well, at the beginning of course. Don’t be scared to get started…and make mistakes! I really had no idea what I was doing when I began, and I learned more from my failures (and there were lots!) than from my successes. You can do it! Get growin’! I will help you every step of the way.
Begin Learning Today!
The Covid-19 virus has shown us just how precarious our food system is. Growing your own food is more important now than ever before. It’s never too late to learn. Start now! My blog and Youtube channels will help you every step of the way!
Growin’ Food Since 2004
Yup! That’s me with just one day’s harvest out of my garden a few years ago. This was the year I weighed each day’s harvest. At the end of the summer I grew over 600 pounds of food in just 300 square feet!
Don’t have that much space? Don’t worry, I’ve highlighted gardeners on my blog who have grown food on patios in their condos!
You CAN grow anywhere! All you need is the will to do it!
The Evolution of the Fat Earth Backyard Farm
Words of Wisdom…
“Just because people are fat, it doesn’t mean they are well-fed. The cheapest foods are the fattening ones, not the most nourishing.” –Fannie Lou Hamer
“Growing food is like printing your own money.” –Ron Finley
- Even the best cooking pot will not produce food. — African proverb