The Accidental Food Patriot

I’ve been quiet for the past months, dear readers, because a sad, sad thing happened. My beloved father – who taught me how to garden, how to be a good person and never let me get off the phone without saying how much he loved me – died in April. He fell off a roof.

Gardening in the Fast Lane

I remember when sprouts were all the rage in the ’70?s and my mom always had a mason jar of alfalfa sprouts in production under the kitchen sink.

Ten ways the Northwest Flower & Garden Show blew my mind…

It is ironic that having grown up near Portland, Oregon and spending over 70% of my time commuting to Seattle for work over the last two years this was my first NWFGS. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip – I was in town to do my “Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow” lecture

Tips and Tools for (Garden) Takedown

We're a good fifteen days past our average frost date (which proves the point that the frost date is, indeed, average). This past weekend was glorious so we got some Vitamin D in addition to getting most of The Yarden taken care of for the winter... in the process I was thinking of the types of hints I would share with you all if you were my neighbors (and if you asked but, since you're reading this I'm assuming you are!)

Chicago Victory Gardens 101

This post first appeared in April of last year. We were just starting plans for The Peterson Garden Project which became the largest edible, organic community garden in Chicago. As much of a novelty as our garden was last year – developing almost overnight on private land – I have heard of numerous other “pop-up”