How to grow delicious and nutritious food… How to raise healthy livestock without visiting your vet. I write about the beauty, the rewards and the challenges of farming and gardening.
My farming experience and passion for organic growing permeates my writing. I glean information from interviews with growers, academic research and many years of growing plants and raising livestock.
In my garden near the Bay of Fundy, I grow heirloom vegetables, small grains, seeds, edible flowers and medicinal herbs. My garden is a sanctuary for me, as well as for many forms of wildlife ranging from soil microbes to (unfortunately) deer. I plant in raised beds amid meandering paths, and use companion planting, permaculture and organic farming methods. At my old farm in Nova Scotia, I raised sheep, goats, poultry and waterfowl using natural health care methods.
I have written gardening and farming articles for Small Farm Canada, Grit, Saltscapes, Rural Delivery, The Canadian Organic Grower, Growing for Market, Gardenwise and other magazines. My stories include:
- Articles on how to garden and farm organically.
- Profiles of farmers and gardeners.
- Descriptions of basic to advanced farming and gardening techniques.
- Features on ecological pest control, heirloom vegetables, seed saving and raising livestock.
For more than twelve years, I edited books and magazines for Canadian Organic Growers. I was editor of The Canadian Organic Grower and EcoFarm & Garden. I also edited The Organic Companion, the Organic Field Crop Handbook (2nd Ed.) and Living with Worms in Organic Sheep Production, and co-edited Gaining Ground: Making a Successful Transition to Organic Farming.
I have also conducted on-farm research into the use of cover crops, composting and nutrient management. The results of my research can be found in Under Cover: A Guide to Using Cover Crops in the Maritimes, as well as various fact sheets and magazine articles. I have also written the text for ACORN’s Organic Path.
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Farming and gardening writing samples can be found here.