To dig in the mellow soil-to dig moderately, for all pleasure should be taken sparingly-is a great thing. One gets strength out of the ground as often as one really touches it with a hoe. Antaeus (this is a classical article) was no doubt an agriculturist; and such a prize-fighter as Hercules couldn’t do any thing with him till he got him to lay down his spade, and quit the soil. It is not simply beets and potatoes and corn and string-beans that one raises in his well-hoed garden: it is the average of human life. There is life in the ground; it goes into the seeds; and it also, when it is stirred up, goes into the man who stirs it. The hot sun on his back as he bends to his shovel and hoe, or contemplatively rakes the warm and fragrant loam, is better than much medicine.
My Summer in a Garden, Charles Dudley Warner
I was literally born and raised in the stone orchards and grapevines of the central valley of California. Aside from my upbringing, I bring 13 plus years of formal experience in small scale (less than 10 acres) sustainable agriculture, serving in a variety of roles across various organizations (WWOOFer, Intern, Assistant Farm Manager, Farm Manager, Gardener, Garden Install support, Program Coordinator, Program Manager, & Program Director). I have direct, practical knowledge with regards to soil fertility, integrated pest managment, crop rotation and spacing, field labor best practices, irrigation infrastructure, and farm record keeping. (point of sale systems development and management, field input and output tracking).
Los Angeles Conservation Corps
Whittier Backyard Farms
Glendora Community Garden
SAY Sunflower Garden
The Culinary Institute of America
Fuller Theological Seminary Sustainability Garden