Passionate about life – in particular family, nature, gardening, cooking, social justice, spirituality, reading and photography, to name a few. Am an avid recycler and thrift store shopper. I’m prone to flit from one activity to another, often leaving a trail of unfinished projects. This year I’m learning about veggie gardening, with a commitment to preservation of plant diversity. I’ll be planting mostly heirloom plants, in the hopes that I will save the seeds and pass along to others. I’m concerned about our impact on the environment, particularly our water so I strive to garden organically. Due to the steep rocky slopes at our home and the preponderance of foraging deer, I’ve decided to participate in 2 community gardens. I have two 4’x8′ 10″ raised beds in a small church garden and one 4’x14′ 10″ raised bed in a nearby YMCA garden. I will also be growing a few veggies and herbs in containers on our deck – safe from the deer.