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Serenbe, an eco-development

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Took an interesting road trip this past Saturday with my sister, Gina, to Serenbe, a planned community about an hour south of Atlanta near Palmetto. It looked like an easy drive, until we missed the very first exit on the directions. Ending up in Newnan, it was a bit of a backtrack from overshooting the […]

Farming in Middle Georgia

Monday, September 12th, 2011

I visited my friends Malcolm and his wife Cindy at their farm in middle Georgia this weekend. I’ve known Malcolm since the early 1980s, but lost touch with him when he moved to Florida and later I moved away too. Now that he’s back on his parents’ 300 Acre generational farm and I’m in Atlanta […]

Death of a farm, the soil lives on

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I always look forward to reading Verlyn Klinkenborg’s editorial notebook page in the Sunday NY Times. He writes of wind howling at night, gardens and long walks with his dog in country fields. This past sunday he told of the oldest farm in the country going out of business; the  Tuttle Farm near Dover, NH. […]

Save the bees

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Bee up Image ©RoxanaVilla Bees need protection. You may be aware of Colony Collapse Disorder, but you may not know that scientists haven’t yet figured out what’s causing it. I watched a PBS program last week about the bee population having been completely decimated in some parts of China, from pollution and chemical exposure; they […]

Pleasant Pastures, an Amish farm

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

I spent the morning and early afternoon at an Amish farm in Honeybrook, PA, which should be 25 minutes from me, but ended up being a 40 minute circular goose chase. I found the place with no help from Google or Mapquest, after first stopping to ask a gas station attendant, and finally an Amish […]

Wet strawberries, tractors and canvas panels

Friday, June 19th, 2009

It’s not always evident to the home gardener how much time goes into actual picking. Life is dictated by weather and gathering the fruits of one’s labor – which becomes just more laborious. I’ve been out almost daily to pick strawberries since late May. Over the past week it’s been so wet that I missed […]

Goats, cheese and history

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

My Historic Commission (West Whiteland township) hosted a regional meeting last night for the Chester County Historic Preservation Network (CCHPN) to meet other members of historic districts in our region, and discuss tactics for preservation.  Highlights – the 1840 former manor house that once hosted fox hunts, was the historic residence of our host, refreshments […]

North Slope Farm – SAITA Soil Structure Workshop

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

We had a great turnout of interns from Blooming Glen and Sankanac Farms and one interested future farmer for our first SAITA workshop at North Slope in Lambertville, NJ. The farmer and owner, Mike Rassweiler, was well prepared with handouts and a soil testing exercise on his 50 Acre farm in central NJ. Check his […]

The new garden at the big house

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

So did anyone think this would ever happen? Alice Waters has been pushing for it for decades, as you can see from her 1995 letter to Clinton and Gore. The White House garden plan is very good news for us organic fanatics. Check out the garden map, courtesy of the NYTimes. And for the upcoming UK […]

The worm bed

Monday, March 9th, 2009

My new garden plot has been covered since early last summer with heavy black pastic and a thick mulch of the year’s NYTimes sunday papers. With our warm weekend, I was able to get out to see how things were going out there. Holy cow, do I have an amazing amount of worms! Our best […]

Victoria Webb, a life in paint

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