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NameAnne DiNoto
Date082010-22am-10Sun, 22 Aug 2010 08:07:14 -0400
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I read the article in the NYT, which lead me to this website. Thank you for sharing your story! This is exactly what I need right now. This has been my most challenging garden so far. (I grew up in upstate NY and was lucky to learn how to garden from dad.)
For the first time, I have a plot in a community garden. The season was delayed because of major flooding, a downed tree that was so big cranes were used to remove it, bugs, critters and shade due to neighboring abandoned plots with weeds towering 6 feet.
I am hoping to work to start a garden in another location or rebuild this garden as you have done.
Thanks for the inspiration!

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NameKaren Sieben
Date082010-22am-10Sun, 22 Aug 2010 07:28:38 -0400
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MessageJoan, like other people who have posted I have just learned of your garden and your work (today's NYT piece). I'm a philosophy instructor in New Jersey and I too have been thinking of my Fall lectures. But for me my discussions are on environmental ethics. I'm going to take a look at McKibben's "Eaarth" to see if it works for me too. I have a feeling it will.
Like you I appreciate the land. I came here from the midwest 20 years ago and bought 7 acres that were essentially dead from overuse of pesticides and herbicides. Today it is lush and healthy. And organic.
I'm grateful for the Times article so that now I know of the work you are doing.
Best wishes in restoring your garden.

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Namesherry edelstein
Date082010-21am-10Sat, 21 Aug 2010 11:49:52 -0400
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MessageI am in Vt. found this website by "accident", and honored to have, and will enjoy reading and following along.

NameJoseph Ingoldsby
Date082010-20am-10Fri, 20 Aug 2010 09:57:36 -0400
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MessageYou represent the future as you return to the past. The idea of self sufficiency in suburbia is a reference to the agricultural village of the past. In these days of factory food, you reclaim the suburbs with a permaculture land ethic. We should listen and learn.
If you have a moment, read Farming Futures at Earth Elegies blog.

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NameJohn Burgoon
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:29:27 -0400
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MessageThank you for writing about the garden. "It must be old age" was exactly how my mother used to describe her calmness in the face of calamity.

Somehow my own garden, with the help of the deer who eat my roses and hostas, has taught me that you are right to be calm, and look forward. Why waste time perceiving short-term loss in something which produces so much for so long?

Cheery regards from Indiana.

NameChristina Mitchell
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:29:30 -0400
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MessageI read "Out of the Loss of a Garden, Another Life Lesson" in the NYT. It really brought home how we are so connected and affected by experiences we have no little or no control over. I'm encouraged by what I see as the growing movement of people around the world who are focussed on local and global issues and who want to bring about a sustainable lifestyle.

Thank you for this; "You can’t be optimistic about the state of the world — what you can be is open-minded. You’re going to look for solutions, and you’re going to make your own life mean something. You can no longer think that accumulating money or the biggest house is the answer."

NameSusan Wittig Albert
Date082010-19pm-10Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:23:02 -0400
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MessageI loved your description of yourself in THIS ORGANIC LIFE: "an ardent earth-tender," and I included that (and a couple of other references in my new book, out next month: AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF ORDINARY DAYS). You're an inspiration, a joy, and a treasure--especially to those of us who are gardening and growing past 70. Looking forward happily to your new book!

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