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Gardening: By a Not Very Green Thumb Gardener

As a nutrition professional and sustainable nutrition advocate, it’s hard to believe that until several years ago, I didn’t have much of a garden. Here’s how I got started.

Plants in Nancy's landscaping
Strawberries, rhubarb, a tomato plant, and more tucked into Nancy’s existing landscaping.

A big eye-opener for me was reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, her account of her family’s challenge of eating only local food for a year, much of it grown themselves. Wow – I was inspired! Too bad I read the book in October, really too late in the year to rip up the lawn and plant tomatoes, which was what I was envisioning. And did I mention that my gardening skills are minimal at best?

Wait, you can eat that!

As I begin to harvest things in my own small vegetable garden and visit the Farmer Frog booth at the Everett Mall Friday Farmer’s Market I’m learning more and more parts of the plants we normally toss in the compost that we can (and should) be eating! It is interesting and exciting to me so I thought I’d share a few.

Farmer Frog Board Member: Chef Ron Askew – Supporting Food Literacy for the Next Generation!

Chef Ron’s impact on local schools and Community, thanks to Alice Waters and The Edible School Yard Academy

In the Spring of 2008 it was a parent who delivered the "Edible Schoolyard" book to Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in hopes that it would find its way to the Schools Executive Chef. Chef Ron Askew was hired in 2004 to introduce whole food and wellness through food to this historic all girls school grades 5-12 located in Bellevue WA.