Since my childhood, gardens have called to me.
My life started with a tragic loss, when my mother Barbara was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the young age of thirty one and left me when I was only two years old. Cancer took her life and rocked my family's to the core. In reading my mothers journals she wrote that she could see the grief in her husbands eyes, and felt such pain in knowing she wouldn't be here to raise her five year old son and two year old daughter. Before she died she planned accordingly. She planted a garden collectively with several neighbors and even made pigs-in-the-blanket to freeze for her own wake. My brother was by her side when she made those pigs-in-the-blanket and she told him when he ate them she would be in heaven. I was too young to remember any goodbye's she had with me but I have a feeling she would have consoled me by reassuring that she'd be with me in the garden.
Her garden, and many others in my life, have called to me through the seasons and have taught me valuable lessons about life, death, and everything in between. They called to me as a child, they call to me in my sleep, when I'm driving down the road, or when I'm building a compost pile on a really rainy day. They force me to contemplate my own individuality--my beauty, my strengths, as well as my own mortality. I don't know what seeds she planted in the garden before she died, but they continue to produce fruit even if its only in the ethereal world.
Wherever you are in your life, there is wisdom waiting for you in a garden. I hope you will join me as I take this leap of faith in sharing my story and lessons I've learned with the world. May my trials be shared with courage and my successes with humility, helping you cultivate the life and garden of your dreams.
Walking in the World,
Founded the Arvada Community Agriculture Project; a 15-acre Jefferson County award winning project for the City of Arvada that is dedicated to growing food through a community garden, community orchard, and CSA; cultivated rich relationships with City of Arvada, created meaningful, relevant, community based programs that enhance the availability of local food. www.roserootsgarden.org
Launched a television series on PBS to inform and educate the public on sustainability. Carriage on 95% of US markets via Create TV and local PBS stations. www.urbanconversion.com