A casual look at gardening in the north suburbs of Chicago and a look at our local CSA and Farmers' Market.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Rain, Rain, Stay Right Here
Looking outside right now a smile comes to my lips as I see the rain drops hit the ground. It isn't a hard rain but just a slow soak. The perfect kind for the day after planting seeds. I know most people disdain the rain and on a cold day like today I can somewhat understand. However it is rains like these that really do the job for us gardeners. Of course I am sitting here right now wishing I had put my rain barrels outside this past weekend. That will definitely be on the list this coming weekend.
Farming and the environment have been a passion of mine for along time. As a kid I would help my grandfather with his garden and I would play in the streams and forests that made up the Arkansas and Ohio backdrops of my childhood. As an adult I have focused my life on educating children about the wonders of nature and the joys of gardening. I have worked at environmental education centers as well as learning farms. For the last five years I have worked and devoted much of my free time to Prairie Crossing Charter School, whose mission is to educate the next leaders of our world about the importance of the environment and sustainable farming.