I like to grow okra, mainly because I’m a big fan of the underdog and okra needs a helping hand in this cruel world full of people who think it’s too slimy. I enjoy the okra pods raw, cooked, pickled, fermented, dried – however they come. I eat the flower, make flour and oil from the seeds. I dry and powder the leaves. I make cordage from the bast fiber and paper from the stem.
As one old saying goes, “I ate so much okra I slipped out of bed.”
When I’m not Okra-ing I can sometimes be found at Sow True Seed, an Asheville NC based open-pollinated seed company. I’m a garden writer, a homesteading consultant, and I love giving presentations on a range of topics (edible oil processing, seed saving, permaculture, okra…). I also serve on the board of Slow Food Asheville and The People’s Seed.
Feel free to reach out with questions, stories, seeds and opportunities.