My name is Carla, and I’m a lifelong gardener, and retired market farmer. I garden at the Grow Food Northampton Community Garden in Florence, MA.

This blog documents my current project to demonstrate techniques that maximize the amount and quality of food produced in our small community garden plots using sustainable agricultural techniques.

I draw inspiration from a number of threads in the sustainable agriculture lexicon, but especially from the legacies of Alan Chadwick and John Jeavons who shaped my early learning about nature-centered gardening long ago in magical spaces tucked into the mountain crannies of northern California.

I once earned a B.S. in International Agriculture with concentrations in Soil Science and Rural Sociology from Cornell University, and went on to do graduate work in Adult and Extension Education.