Down the Street

The Abundant Backyard will be at Silver Spring Holiday Market at the corner of Ellsworth and Fenton Streets from 10am to 4pm this Saturday, November 28, 2012  Stop by to pick up a long lasting Forest to Field Centerpiece or Holiday Floral Swag featuring locally sourced greens, dried materials and beeswax candles!       See how we [...]

Thanks to all who visited the Abundant Backyard tent at Fenton Street Market yesterday. I hope all the moms’ enjoy the fragrant herbal porch pantry container baskets they receive today. In effort to reduce paper waste, I promised recipes and instructions posted for the baskets. Care Instructions: At least 4 hours of sun. Let herbs [...]

April 28th, 2012

Opening Day at the

Hands on Heritage -Exploring Community Museums is my new article, in February’s Washington Parent Magazine. It features 3 community based museums with interactive family activities that take you back in time while exploring the cultures of local residents. Plan family outings to each of these museums located in Great Falls, VA, Anacostia/Southeast, DC and Sandy [...]

We had a great time selling our kits Mother’s Day Weekend at the Fenton Street Market in Downtown Silver Spring and the Olney Farmers Market.  Met so many people that were interested in learning more about Sustainable Gardening and native plants!   Met many who already understood the value and were great to connect with!   So [...]

“Wassail” (“waes hael” in Middle English) means “be well”, and in this old ritual it’s a toast to the well-being of  an important year round food crop”, notes garden writer Barbara Damrosch in The Washington Post, Local Living Section, December 23, 2010.  She continues,”  in England’s apple country, usually around Twelfth Night, apple trees were saluted [...]

Under a cold, clear starlit sky this week, our neighborhood craft night group crunched through frosted leaves  to our neighbor Michelle’s beautiful kitchen.  We  were greeted by the aroma of  mulled rum cider.   The hot cup of cider was the first offering of the Winter Harvest Menu we were partaking in that evening.  Even though the temperatures have dropped below freezing, some root vegetables and [...]

November 20th, 2010

Chesapeake Grown Christmas Gifts

With our family’s efforts to eat more  local sustainably produced foods from within our Chesapeake Bay watershed, it made sense to see if there were gift options made with local sustainably grown or raised products.  In this December’s issue of  Washington Parent Magazine, my article Homemade Gifts for Crafty Kids  on page 26, highlights a number of those gift [...]

October 1st, 2010

Crafting Community

We give a lot to our kids, but I am often in awe that because of them we get so many unexpected blessings in return.  Often we grow from their sharing their  unique spirit with us, but also our lives are enriched by the new experiences and people they bring into our lives. My new article in Washington [...]

Enjoy my new article in Washington Parent Magazine about families DC, MD and VA eating fresh and local.  Below are some additional tips for families. Create Traditions  Plan seasonal family outings to explore new local food sources in the Chesapeake Region, local farms, dairies, orchards.  Call ahead to confirm hours and availability. See  or [...]

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