A Girl and Her Garden

I’ve loved gardening ever since I can remember.  One of my earliest memories is helping my grandma pick strawberries, peas, and carrots in her vast garden; sampling as I went.

We’d make freezer jam; we preserved peaches, pears, and pickles.  I would watch with wonder as those jars sealed all by themselves.  It was always so satisfying to open a jar of peaches in the middle of our harsh Montana winters and taste… summer.

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When I got older, my mom, a CPA, worked at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable practices in agriculture, energy, and technology.  Through her and this great organization, I learned about the world of sustainability, organic gardening, community supported agriculture (CSA), and why worm poo is a beautiful thing.

When I moved to Boise, Idaho for my first job after graduating with a degree in engineering, my first order of business (after unpacking) was to start a tiny container garden on my second-floor apartment balcony.  I grew herbs, some tomatoes, a cucumber plant (which quickly took over the entire space) and began to learn about growing my own food.

Now, 10 years after starting that little container garden in my apartment, I’m blessed enough to live on a 1-1/2 acre tract just outside of Middleton, Idaho.  Over time, I moved from containers to flower beds to a dedicated 40 ft x 40 ft plot.  I’ve battled weeds, the notorious squash bug, and learned how to turn dead, infertile ground into an earthworm’s dream habitat through sustainable soil practices.  I’m happy to say that I’ve never had to use commercial fertilizer, herbicides, or pesticides on our food crops.

While learning and struggling with my own tiny farm, I started to accumulate information.  Friends and neighbors started to ask me to help them with their gardens.  More people, concerned with the rising costs of fuel and groceries, seemed interested in growing their own food, too.

So I started this humble little site to be a source of inspiration and help to folks wanting to grow their own food – whether on an apartment balcony, or on a couple of acres.  I hope it can be a one-stop-shop for your questions about growing food, the best tools, great articles, and other resources.  I hope you will find it informative, helpful, and a great help in your own backyard farming journey!

I can’t wait to meet you and learn from  you! Drop me a line in my contact form, or post a comment below.  I’d love to hear your stories and backgrounds, and I plan on learning as much or more from your experience as you learn from mine.

Cheers,

About Stacie

Stacie Humpherys is an engineer, graphic artist, and farmer who lives on her very own petite farmstead just outside of Middleton, Idaho. Say hi on Twitter.

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