I thought it went well lots of parents that were willing to help. Anything we can help do in the classroom I can cover the cost through my school. Let me know when you want to plan the next event, I love helping!
Hi Amy - definitely interested in the Edible Schoolyard project but life has been very busy recently. I am leaving for England this Thurs to visit family and will not be back until the end of April... so will miss the ground breaking.. but please consider me for future activities.
Hey, Amy.I had a good time with our little project, it was nice to see it go over so well. You did a great job bringing it all together.
My dad only does the truffles at Cupps. Our friend Lell does everything else. Feel free to ask for her and introduce yourself as our friends. Her and the owner Chuck are great foodies and so much fun to hang out with. You guys would definitely hit it off. I'll let you know next time we're in the area, maybe we can get together there.
In the interest of honesty Amy this is a pic of Dee and perhaps a personification of my more whimsical side. Taken I think at Independence Hall in Philly I better put a disclaimer somewhere on my page.
Thanks for the welcome.
We got the flu over here - no sadder sack than a 12-year-old with a fever and sore throat. Thanks for your note, cheers me up this cold rainy morning. I'll take any rain we can get, though.
>>And, no---I don't do busking. The closest I ever get to public performance is accidentally tripping over a rough spot on the sidewalk and saying "tah-dah" to make it seem intentional. I'm pretty unmusical----though I can still play "yankee doodle" on my midschool recorder. I agree that busking could make the markets livlier. Maybe I should learn the sax in my spare (HA!) time. No---the concertina would be better.
Sounds like you're a natural to me - there's a wonderful recorder program at CPCC, it's a good way to pick up an instrument. And, you've kept that middle school recorder all these years? Hmmm...?
Clearly, you've got the right instincts for improv..."Tah dah!" LOL, I'll try that myself next time. Intentional living?
Concertina is a fascinating instrument, I like the 'English' version (same note, push or pull) more than the other one that is a different note, push v. pull). Somebody local is a very good player on English concertina, but I only have played with her a couple of times, at Nancy Howes I think for English Country Dancing.
>>What's your wife's area of study? Not Psychology is it? Matt's always looking for research partners. :)
Nan teaches Engineering Technology, she's an ME. She just got certified as an energy auditor, too, and is now teaching a class in that - a new class is always a challenge. But, I may have a potential collaborator for Matt - there's a new family that's moved into the neighborhood, and he's a psychologist, new to UNCC. He also grew up close to my brother's home, in Sequim, Washington. Seems like a very nice guy, and he'll be looking for projects I imagine, since he's a junior faculty member.
What kind of research is Matt interested in? We might have some interesting possibilities at Urban Ministry Center.
>>It's good to have another lacto-ovo on this site. When Matt and I have theoretical situations in which we'd eat meat, such as your Togo example, but in 13 years, not one person has ever offered to cook a chicken in our honor. Perhaps we're not honor-able enough.
LOL! Having melinin deficiency disorder was most of what made me "honorable" in Togo (besides, people had a tradition of hospitality). If you two went to Togo, there would be an immediate drop in the chicken population.
>>I do think maybe from now on Barbara K. should stick with essays from now on. We'll have to discuss the literery merit of each of her works sometime----I think I've read them all.
They have changed, haven't they? During Poisonwood Bible, as much as I was drawn to it after my years in Togo, I had to "work" a bit more than I remember reading the Bean Trees. As a reader, I wasn't lost in the story, instead there was the niggling little tug of self-awareness. I wonder what happens inside a writer, when that connection breaks. Might just be me. But, certainly, I find myself drawn more to Wendell Barry's essays than his poetry.
Maybe there's some hidden switch in fiction and poetry that clicks off whenever anything didactic or moralizing, however right on and moving and well meaning, creeps in.
>>I had a peek at the urban ministry garden site, and I'm so impressed. The garden looks great! Permanant beds with no edging materials, mulch, covercrops------just what I hope to see for our schoolyard project in the future.
Why in the world do we have to put everything in boxes??? You know, it is a containment.control fetish, or something. There is a guy who has been email my faculty page at CPCC (a perk for teaching ecological/organic gardening) asking for advice on how to start his garden, and I couldn't stop him, he thought he had to box his beds. The health department just gave a church-based garden group $3000 - three GRAND - which they spent, all of it every penny!, to build six boxed beds at Barringer Elementary. That's my urban ministry budget for three years, if I'm lucky! Rant rant...forgive me. I don't want to discourage people, however they garden is fine with me. But what's with the boxes?
Speaking of rants, have I mentioned www.gardenrant.com? It's my favorite blog, a joint project by 4 excellent gardeners and writers, all women, in different parts of the country. It is iconoclastic, very funny at times, and full of love for gardening and life. You might like it.
Anyway, come down and visit. Bring the folks from Shamrock. Actually, it might also be interesting to visit a couple of other school gardens that work well, and the Reedy Creek Park community garden, where I test for OG. I can keep that garden in a bit better shape, technically speaking, esp in terms of those cover crops.
>>I had a mouse move into my compost heap once, but never a Russian painter! Neat!
Mice are nice. Their bigger cousins, less so.
>>Finally, ---yes I have some tomato seeds to swap. A few, anyway. Some were lost in the move, including those from a heat-resistant pink beefsteak I was developing. I have a half a dozen or a dozen seeds from several dozen varieties left and a cup or two of a cherry tomato that might be particularly useful for your project. It's my selection of Broad Ripple Yellow Currant (see the sse listing for details). It's VERY productive and VERY drought resistant. I've never distuributed it because I worry about it escaping cultivation and becoming invasive, but that might not be such a concern in an urban setting.
No, you are absolutely right, Amy! I worry quite a bit about cover crops escaping (many already have). I grew out three promising cherries for OG last year - my favorite was Tomatoberry - but it is very hard to stay on top of picking. I want to try yours, but I'm going to limit my cherry toms to two or three. I will still put Sungold at the ends of rows, what an excellent snack tomato. That heat-resistant beefsteak sounds very interesting, hope it can handle our humidity. One of the world's foremost tomato breeders works close to here, in Hendersonville, Dr. Randy Gardner. He sometimes comes to the CFSA schools (Flat Rock - you'd enjoy that) or meetings. Also, Dr. David Bradshaw. So, you'll have some good support and people interested in what you are doing.
I'll try to get a list together of what I've got. Most of mine are simply purchased heirlooms, though I have saved some. Since tomatoes are fairly good about not-outcrossing, I think they'll be fine, but I haven't followed proper isolation protocols.
>>Did you get my e-mail about the Shamrock Garden Project? Michaele said you might be interested in helping out. I can see that you've got your hands full with the other garden, but we could really use a little help right here at the beginning of our project,----even if only in terms of encouragement and advice.
No, but I haven't looked carefully with the flu bug. I do want to help Shamrock as much as I can, and I'll certainly be there for encouragement and suggestions. I have told my friends at the health dept about the project.
I hear a little voice croaking upstairs, better go check.