Grow your own Vegetables or Sign up for a CSA

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I just read in the news that the White House will have its very own vegetable and herb garden this year. Ground was broken on the garden on the first day of spring with the help of 2 dozen local students.

Crops to be planted in the coming weeks on the 1,100-square-foot, L-shaped patch near the fountain on the South Lawn include spinach, broccoli, various lettuces, kale and collard greens, assorted herbs and blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

We are planning a vegetable garden as well this year and hope it will work out better than last year.  We tried planting tomatoes, peas, broccoli and strawberries last year but were only successful with the tomatoes.  The broccoli and peas never took off (maybe because we did not water them enough) and the strawberries ended up getting eaten by birds & squirrels.

Luckily we have a local farm, Highland Orchards in Delaware, that we got the majority of our fruits & vegetables from last year.  We signed up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which we thought was well worth the money.  A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce.

If you live in or around Wilmington, DE I highly recommend Highland Orchards on Foulk road for fresh fruits & vegetables.  Many of the fruits & vegetables are grown on their orchard and while they are not labeled “organic”, the farm follows many of the orgranic practices w/o paying the fee to be labeled organic.  They also have farm fresh eggs, specialty organic groceries & dairy items.

If you don’t live near the Highland Orchards in Delaware, check out LocalHarvest.org to find all the local CSAs in your area.

Delaware Green Expo – Sat March 21

I still don’t see a schedule of events on their site however I just got an email with a link to the schedule. The Delaware Great Green Expo is this Saturday from 9am – 5pm. Check out my previous post for a $2 off coupon.

Stage Schedule

9:30AM – 10:00AM
Paul Hughes – Great Green Home Show

10:00AM – 10:45AM
Ed Begley Jr.

11:15AM – 12:15AM
Entertainment by: Todd Chappelle

1:00PM – 1:45PM
Ed Begley Jr.

2:00PM – 3:00PM
Entertainment by: The Sin City Band

3:00PM – 3:30PM
Thomas Niemann – Ford Motor Company

3:45PM – 4:15PM
DSWA

2nd Annual Green Expo Coming to Delaware

picture-16The 2nd annual Delaware Green Expo will be at the Chase Center on the Riverfront Saturday March 21st from 9am – 5pm. Admission is $7 per person (Kids under 12 are free). As always, I looked for and found a coupon for $2 off. Click through and print out the coupon below.
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We went to this last year and got to meet Sara Snow.  This year, Ed Begley Jr. is the scheduled speaker.  As soon as I see a schedule of events online, I’ll post it here.

Saying Goodbye to a Friend…

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I met Cheryl Rice in my Sophomore year at the University of Delaware. I had just started my first course in Computer Science, my newly found major.  We met in a computer lab and became instant friends.  Cheryl was outspoken, determined and incredibly intelligent.  After our first class together, we decided to sign up for all of our remaining major classes together for the next 3 years. Over the past 10 years Alison & I have had the honor of calling Cheryl one of our closest friends.

picture-5During college I remember going to Cheryl’s dorm on a weekly basis to work on homework assignments and projects together.  We almost always tried to pair up whenever a project was assigned.  I have to admit that I don’t know if I would have made it through college without her.

I also remember what a fun time  Alison & I had when we went to San Francisco with Cheryl & Tricia in 2004 to see them get married.  Unfortunately, by the time we got out to San Francisco, they were no longer performing same sex marriages but we still had a wonderful adventure.  I will forever remember the picture of Cheryl behind bars with her cell mate Tricia in Alcatraz.

picture-61I greatly miss her and am heart broken by the fact that my daughter Haley will not get to spend more time with her Aunt Cheryl.  Haley will however, get to hear about her Aunt Cheryl, especially when we go to Disney and each year when we pull out the snow globe ornament Cheryl gave us.  I also plan on explaining to Haley when she starts driving the importance of putting on your parking break while near a body of water.

Cheryl’s death may seem sudden to most of us, including myself, however after looking back over the past 2 1/2 years, I realize it was not so sudden.  The death of Tricia took so much out of Cheryl which is completely understandable given their deep connection.  There are so many people who helped ease her pain during these past few years and to them I say Thank you.

I’d like to read a poem that Cheryl sent to me a few months back for the 2nd anniversary of Tricia’s death that I feel is helping me deal with her loss.  It is a poem about the Summer Solstice.

Today the sun crosses over the equator heralding the arrival of the autumnal equinox – the time when the northern and southern hemisphere receive the same amount of sunlight and day and night are of equal length.  As the long summer days are transformed into the shorter days nature slows down.  It is a time of harvest, a time for gratefully accepting and graciously letting go of that which is no longer needed.

The equinox invites us to consider what we have harvested in our lives and how we have been transformed by our experiences.  Nature serves as a constant reminder that transformation and change are necessary for new growth and expansion.  A tree releases its leaves in order for the next cycle to begin.  Some animal shed the outer layers of their skin – a yielding must occur for the new to emerge.

Transformation is often precipitated by a loss, a breakdown of existing structures or illness and we can easily become fearful or erroneously presume that something is not as it should be.   Remembering that all things have their season we are inspired by nature’s example to accept the countless blessings and gifts every season of life offers us.

Before Tricia passed, she and Cheryl decided they would meet in the far left corner of heaven and that Tricia would be wearing a big hat. Cheryl – we expect you and Tricia to be waiting for us in that same far left corner!