Eight years ago I started this blog as a place where I would document my gardening. It was anonymous and private.
I have journaled about gardening and subsequent life endeavors ever since I managed an organic tomato and grape farm in the Rattlesnake Valley
in Missoula, Montana. In journaling I recorded things I would likely forget like…start beets earlier next year or don’t ever plant anything in the southwest corner of the garden because my lame neighbor’s unruly, weedy, eyesoreish tree will completely block the sun by June…that kind of stuff.
A blog seems much more permanent and less likely to be left in the arugula row during an April deluge. Although those crinkled, barely readable pages offer nostalgia, really the whole point is for the information to be available the following year. And who doesn’t love to save paper?
Every year I can’t wait for this day. The first day I get to dig in the dirt, count worms and hope for a great tomato year. It is exciting and disappointing–I always wish I had done something differently the year before.
This space has grown and evolved in ways I couldn't have imagined when I published that post. This space gave me the courage and purpose to leave my museum work to write and make and - mostly - be home with my kids.
This space doesn't exist without you. Thank you for your thoughtful conversations, your wit, your wisdom, your humor, your support of my family in joyful times and sad times. I say we are all in this together a lot and you, dear ones, are a testament to that truth. I am happy to be in this life with you, where we make our own definitions of Rich and Success. Where we strive for the most authentic, brave-hearted versions of ourselves. Where we notice, give, receive and love what we love. Thank you.
In celebration of 8 years I am giving away 8 things to 8 of you chickens! Simply leave a comment below by Friday, March 28. I will announce winners here!
1. Jar of our plum jam, label by Margot.
2. Bag, handmade by my friend's mom out of crocheted plastic sacks.
3. Handmade beaded earrings.
4. Set of two of my photographs (from my exhibit Sow, Mend
), mounted on ironwood and ready to hang.
5. Vintage linen tablecloth and 6 matching napkins.
6. Book: Steal Like an Artist.
7. Heart hot pad, made by me.
8. $50 gift certificate to my shop
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