What do you like most about Innisfree so far?
I find Innisfree’s community a refreshing breath of cool clean air, a dream come true, and an escape from a fast paced style of living. Everyone I meet greets me with a welcoming smile. I feel at home already in Crozet, Virginia thanks to everyone who makes the Innisfree community possible. I enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Blue Ridge mountains (Pasture Fence), the blossoming pear and apple trees, and all the farm animals (baby sheep, cows, chickens, yak, and pig).
What originally got you interested in gardening/farming?
In 2012 when I returned from China where I conducted a study on University student’s environmental organizations. I was in search for a new community of people that wanted to protect the environment. I began volunteering for Transition Western and began to help build gardens for families in the local Bellingham community. Through a Transition Western’s gardening party I met my three housemates and we found our new home with a community garden in our backyard. From these experiences I learned how a garden can create a community, strengthen social ties and create a sense of home.
What is your favorite vegetable?
On Orcas Island in WA state I was lucky to enjoy a juicy heirloom-taxi-cab-tomato right off the vine while on a bike ride touring the farm country, tastes like dessert 🙂 And organic red peppers!
Where are you from?
Originally I am from Seattle, WA tucked in between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Surrounded by two mountain ranges the N. Cascades, Olympics, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Baker.
Do you have a favorite veggie recipe that you would like to share with us?
I find the most delicious veggies I have eaten raw. I recommend trying to eat a raw red pepper and tomatos right off the vine. In addition, oven baked asparagus in olive oil is simply delicious and fresh organic avacado, tomatos, onions, garlic, and lime guacamole is superb!
Are there any unique produce originating from where you are from?
WA is famous for their apples and coffee(even though its imported). I enjoy eating crisp cold apples with slices of Jarlesburg cheese, yummy.