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Quote of the Day: Augustus Jenkins Farmer

April 27th, 2014

“On our farm, we select plants that fill multiple needs, and we mix together all kinds of growing, living thing. We stack. And we do so for all the reasons that cottage gardeners, everywhere, in all time, did it and still do it–it just makes sense. Its efficient, and it honors the earth’s resources. Today’s gardens don’t have to be our entire pantry, medicine cabinet, hardware store, or art gallery, but they can contribute to all of these things. They can give us cleaner, deeper lives with more layers and more hope that in the future, the people who make decisions about what we eat and how we treat the world and each other have some inspiration–that spark–from their own gardens, and the gardens of their youth.”

Augustus Jenkins Farmer in Deep Rooted Wisdom

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I grew up surrounded by gardeners.  My grandpa tended a big edible garden, my grandmothers both planted flowers.  My parents tended a large edible garden and my mom tended a lovely tropical paradise in our back patio.  I never was much of one for gardening until I got older.
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The more I gardened, the more I realized it added something to my life.   My lifer certainly has many more layers now that I tend a garden and take care of a few animals.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.