Like many, I blame my mother for starting me on gardening when I was only eight when she gave me some popcorn seeds and a spot in the yard. After gardening almost every year for the past 40 I now consider vegetable gardening to be my best skill. During that time that skill improved the most during the two years I lived in South America as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I worked hard to apply those newly acquired intensive gardening skills during the subsequent five years that my wife and I lived in Alabama for my graduate degree in fish.
Just after my return home I helped to start up Wasatch Fish and Gardens which was later renamed Wasatch Community Gardens.
Although I represented the “fish” in the original Fish and Gardens because of my nine years in college and two more abroad working in aquaculture, my true passions with Wasatch Community Gardens have always been with vegetable gardening. Since I eight have always focused on growing the most food in the smallest space with the least amount of effort. I mostly attain this through vertically growing a diversity of interplanted varieties in raised box beds with reusable components.
My greatest claim to fame with Wasatch Community Gardens was when I won three of the five categories in the annual salsa making contest a couple of years ago!
Many know me as a longtime assistant and head wrestling coach at West High School from which I just retired to start my second life to write about recreating in and living off of the land.
Eat local, barter your skills and products, live off of the land!