More About the Author
I'm a former West-Coast resident who transplanted myself into central upstate New York a few years ago. Having been raised on a small farm in the Puget Sound area, I grew up watching my mother, an astute, self-taught master gardener, create beautiful beds of perennials and grow vegetables.
During the course of working at the University of Washington for 11 years, my writing skills were subsequently realized and honed. During that time, I also fell into serving as Science Editor for KRAB-FM for five years. Later, I began freelance writing for publication in magazines and newspapers. Eventually, I moved to Oregon, where I also developed my lifetime interest and experience in gardening. At that time, I discovered in myself a keen interest and expertise in beekeeping, and began what turned out to be nearly 20 years of keeping the little buzzies. Usually, I had about 15 colonies in my apiary. From the start of this pursuit, I was active in a local beekeeping club, and also wound up editing the state's beekeeping association's newsletter for several years.
I also obtained a nursery license, specializing in bedding plants, and went on to complete the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service's master gardener course. Along the way, I also completed the OSUCE's master food preserver course. Upon relocating to NY state, I became certified in the Cornell Coop. Ext. Svc. master gardener program. Since then, I've found a ready audience as well as local and national interest in my off-the-ground gardening methods. Thinking that detailing them in a book might be well-received, I wrote "Stand Up and Garden," and am very pleased with how well it's selling.
My next book will be about my husband, Al, as he experienced a rare health issue in men: breast cancer. I'm in the process of pitching it to a publisher at this writing. Meanwhile, I'm enjoying the privilege of being an invited regular blogger for MOTHER EARTH NEWS. For that venue, I write about food preservation projects, special recipes, honeybees, and other topics.
Now for a change--in 2013, my husband and I pulled up our stakes (yes, garden stakes, too!) and moved to Oregon. I'm very happy to be back in the beautiful Willamette Valley! As soon as the weather started warming up, we built two of my straw-bale garden boxes, making them 2' wide rather than 4' as our lot here is smaller. People passing by our home stop to look and many of them leave with an "Aha!" gleam in their eyes. I've been kept busy showing people my off-ground gardening methods while working hard to get this new place landscaped and productive.
Overall, writing is the main focus of my life; I simply can't imagine not writing about something! So much to write about, so little time . . .