Our personal Gardens have really been the proving ground, as well as laboratory, for all of the projects and classes I have taught on propagating wild species and redefining the relationship we, as humans, can have with our environment.
It began by determining which species could provide us the most benefit as a family in terms of food production, and then we selected for species which would also benefit local wildlife and help improve our local environment.
Naturally, prolific fruiting species provide ample benefits to both humans as well as other animal species, but species which have prominent blossoms or lush foliage are also extremely beneficial to pollinators and other species too. Large species, or those with broad leaves or expansive root systems can help to improve habitat by providing shelter, trapping moisture and securing soils. It is the persistent overlap between these qualities and wild species’ nutritional and caloric values which make them so ideal.
It has been great seeing my daughter become engaged in these experiments as well, and like all kids she has no problem playing in the dirt and has shown great care and interest in all the plants we have grown and has really developed a sense that these are living, vibrant lives we are spreading and that we are here to help one another.
I am consistently experimenting with new species, as well as monitoring their impacts, both on area wildlife and the local environment. Articles on this project can be found below, and new ones are regularly updated as it continues to evolve.
Gardens: New Project!
Gardens: Seed Failure