Archive for ‘holiday gift’

December 25, 2010

Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas

“….Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

December 19, 2010

Community Shared Agriculture For Christmas?

Cabbage field by kevincole, photo on flickr

Success with my organic vegetable garden was short lived this summer due to excessive heat, an absence of rain, and a lack of time. Alas, there were a few bright spots, to wit, my spinach.

But can man live on spinach alone?  Not likely.  But fortunately, there is hope for the home gardener who can not, for any reason, produce their own veggies.  The solution, your local CSA (Community Share Agriculture) participating farm.

Here in the Brandywine valley, there are several CSA’s to choose from, and I choose to support Highland Orchards.  The farm is right in the middle of town and they grow most of everything they sell.  Stepping into the storefront is like going back in time to an old fashioned general store, complete with rickety floors and a walk in cooler.  Besides nostalgia, the thing I love about being a part of the Highland Orchards CSA is not only supporting my community, but supporting a local farm that I can see with my own eyes. I know the owners and see their staff coming together to make the farm work. Before I started growing my own vegetables I’m not sure I ever really gave thought to how hard growing your own food could be.  If had to live off of what I was able to grow in my own 20×40 plot, I would surely starve.

At Highland Orchards, and this may be true of other CSA farms, you sign up on a quarterly basis, so now is the time to sign up for a share of the harvest which is picked from Jan.-Mar.  More information about CSA farms in your area is found at  Purchasing a share for someone would make a great gift this holiday season, and would certainly be greatly appreciated by your local community farmer. HVN98PARK2PP

December 11, 2010

Authoring Great Works of Art…You Can Do It

Many of us have gardens that we admire, whether our own, or those found at our favorite botanical refuge. A great way to capture the moment and beauty of your favorite flowering flora is to compose a photo journal.

The idea was born out of our wedding reception.  We married about three years ago privately at the Indianapolis White River Gardens, and then immediately honeymooned.  Upon our return, we celebrated with a reception for our family and friends and placed photo books on each of the tables depicting our honeymoon travels through Europe.   Now, when my husband and I travel, we continue to document our exploits through a photolog. But why limit this idea to just travel?  I guess this was my husband’s thinking when he surprised me with a photolog of my backyard garden for our third year anniversary.  The book is a visual journal through my beloved garden.  And now, when most of my plants have gone dormant, it is very nice to be reminded of what I have to look forward to come spring.

Try your hand at creating a photo book of your favorite garden.  Creating the book is super easy to do.  There are several sites to choose from.  Visit or to name just a couple.

At a time when all of our financial resources are limited, creating and gifting a photobook or photolog of a special moment in someone’s life can mean the world.

Check this out to get you going…

photo by Patrick Flynn copyright all rights reserved