Last night at the Floyd Norgaard Center in Stanwood Graham Kerr talked to a large crowd about his new book, Growing at the Speed of Life: A Year in the Life of My First Kitchen Garden. He exuded sheer pleasure as he spoke about his 400 square foot garden, his greenhouse, and the excitement of watching seeds spring to life.
Up until 2008, everything he planted had died from his self-described "lethal thumb." He relished memories of fresh-from-the-garden vegetables he had eaten around the world, but he had had no success in growing his own produce. It took a dialog with his church community to give him the courage to take gardening seriously. And after years of a life of travel and commitments, he finally had the time to dedicate himself to the project. Now he is involved with a group of gardeners who share seeds and ideas, and who reach into the community with their bounty through the food bank. "I harvest carrots at noon, eat some and take the rest to the food bank, and by 6:00 they've been eaten by our neighbors!" he said.
|Autographing his book
Growing at the Speed of Life tells the story of his conversion to gardening, the steps he took to get there, the fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers he raises, and 100 recipes for preparing them. If reading the book is half as delightful as hearing him talk about it, I expect we're in for a real treat. Better yet will be the gardens that are planted, and the delicious, fresh produce families will eat and share with their neighbors.