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Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Sustainable Garden

Today, In the Garden, we welcomed Bill Duesing, the Executive Director of the Connecticut Chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association. Bill is a farmer with over 35-years of experience with organic methods, he is a community educator and, in my opinion, an earth-activist, not to mention an all ‘round nice guy.

Our show centered on the idea of the sustainable garden and the things that nurture community, and connect people through their food. Bill shared with us how conscious food choices can impact those connections for the betterment of our individual health, as well as the health and wellness of our families, communities, economies, and the very earth that we all share.

Bill touched on many of the trends that we are seeing in the Northeast United States, trends that are indicative of what is happening all over the country, and perhaps the world. We are seeing a rise in the number of small farms, community gardens, community farms and farmer’s markets, not to mention school gardens, college organic farms and community food system organizations. The way I see it, people everywhere are taking back their power – through their food choices. 

We discussed key regional organizations such are the Northeast Organic Farming Association and its CT Chapter as well as the Organic Land Care organization.

Bill shared a few books to help our listeners raise their awareness of sustainable practices and support them in making wise and conscious food choices such as The Omnivore's   Dilemma and In Defense of Food both by Michael Pollan, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.

All in all it was an enlightening show that addressed some tough challenges ahead, yet a show deeply steeped in positive energy and empowerment!

So be sure join us again In the Garden on Blockhead Radio next Thursday at 11:30 AM, eastern time for a show that seems to be shaping up as a virtual weed and garden walk! Until then – and always - be well by Nature!

pencil study by Rick Derwitsch, used with permission

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