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Hello! I am new, and want to introduce myself to the community.

Mar 17, 2010

My name is Susan Roth, and I live in a very small city, that is one of only two "rural" cities in NJ. However, it is not what is sounds like. We have no access to fresh wholesome food within our city limits, we are only one square mile in size, with the Delaware river along our western most border.
We have many elderly and low income residents that also don't drive, so there is no way for them to even get to the sources of good food, which surrounds us, by the way. With a car you are less than five minutes from some of the best farms in New Jersey. I want to help in several ways.
One, I rent land along the bus route and will be more than willing to share my plot with serious gardeners, who will be part of the program. Also, after 14 years as a culinary arts teacher, who firmly believes that you can't separate the raising of food from the preparation, I have many tricks to help people eat better and make wiser choices in their foods. I also have practiced herbal medicine, and crafts since I was in my twenties, -that is along time- hint-my daughter is 32! I teach courses in simple SAFE herbal remedies that people can make themselves, responsible wild crafting, as well as crafts and "beauty" products. To round out my credentials, I am now in the process of getting certified as a Nutritional Therapist, and plan to use this knowledge to help people as well.
But first things first, to organize a pod. What have most of you done to get your pods started? I am going to write out a flyer and give it to local church leaders to share with their congregations, and I have several places where we can meet. So let the games begin!! Green Blessings, Susan


I'm glad you're with us. In response to your question about pods, we've just set up a pod organizer group that you might want to join. All of this is new to all of us too, so we can be learning together. Let me know if you need help setting up your pod page.
Dear Rodger, thanks for your response, I will be glad to accept any help I can get, so let 's start with the pod page, I am going to the link for pod organizer groups from here. My biggest hope is that my almost acre of land I rent at Taylor's Farm in Cinnaminson, will be full of people and plants, not ground hogs and deer -ha! Green Blessings! Susan
Hi Susan,that sounds as though you have lots of wonderful information to share with the group. I hope it all goes well with setting up your gardens - what a lovely idea! I live all the way over in Australia, but will be keeping track for of some of your hints!
Hi Africanaussie! I guess you are ready to work with your fall crops now, do you live in an area with great differences between the seasons, or are you more tropical? Fall crops are some of my favorites here in the States. We are lucky enough to still have some nice orchards in NJ, with some of the old time apples, although each year, for a while, we were losing more and more choice in kinds of apples available. This was due to too much development in the area. Right now, we seem to be enjoying a new appreciation for our farms in Burlington Country, the area I live in NJ. We have always been a farming community and we have the most preserved farm acreage in the State. We also always were more multiple crop farms (truck farms is what we call them here), in this state, so the farms generally survive better that those huge mono crop ones, but it is still almost impossible for a child of a farmer to be able to afford to buy the land from his parents and keep the farm going. I digressed from my main point because it gives me great hope for our heritage apples and the farmers who hung in there with these trees. Today, I am starting to see what used to be "exotic" kinds of apples, appearing regularly in supermarkets. So, what are some of the things you raise in the fall season? I know I buy Australian lamb and beef whenever I can because it is at least grass fed and I believe your country has better rules governing what can and can't good into food.Nice to meet you, and if you have any questions that you need answered, please swing them by me! Green Blessings, Susan

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