Jason DiLoreti is a fellow board member for Slow Food Asheville and has a beautiful farm in Leicester NC. He volunteered to grow some okra for me (which is a dangerous thing to do) and now has 5 plants of 10 different red okra varieties growing!
I’ve been chatting with Felder Rushing who hosts the Mississippi Public Radio show, The Gestalt Gardener. My interview starts at 15 minutes:
The following series of photos may not look like much, but it was a long day. As you may know, the okra trial is running along side Franny’s CDB Hemp Trial (which is happening on a significantly larger scale than my mere 560 ft of okra). I’ve been chipping in with the field prep for both trials as they both require the same work, it’s the least I could do since as this is Franny’s tractor, and land, and livelihood!
Felder Rushing is a national gardener who has written a good number of books, including one called Slow Gardening! He caught wind of my okra project and invited me onto his NPR show, The Gestalt Gardener. Felder wants to follow along with the whole trial, so we’ll be checking in on a regular basis throughout this okra growing season.
Listen to the show here (interview starts at 16 minutes).
My cunning plan to set my seeding date on the same day as my second daughter’s due date worked out! I actually thought baby Zoe would be here already, but it turns out she’s in no rush and poor Belle is still pregnant. Either way, April 15 remained clear and free as I got up early and started seeding okra in a thunderstorm. Read more “April 15 – Seeds Sown!”
This Kickstarter will fund a large okra variety trial that will help catalog and preserve many okra varieties, create some stunning photographic opportunities and provide fuel for the final chapter of my upcoming okra book, In Defense of Okra. [Scheduled to be published by Chelsea Green Publishing, an employee owned independent publisher, in April 2019]. Read more “Kickstarter has launched to fund the okra trial!”
Franny is excited to host the okra variety trial at her farm in Leicester NC. Franny’s Farm is about 2 minutes drive from my house, what great okra loving neighbors I have! The sound at the end of the video is Emily playing on a slide – she loves playing at Franny’s, so we’ve a fun summer ahead of us. Read more “Okra Trial Location: Franny’s Farm”