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Notes of the New- LA, internship, & garden clients!

A lot has been happening for Regarden Girl. After moving to Los Angeles a little less than a month ago, I began an internship with the Motor Avenue Improvement Association. I motored over to their farmer’s market spot early yesterday morning to meet the market director and two other brand-spanking new interns. We got the grand tour of the block-long market, meeting vendors, market muscles Juan and John, and getting introduced to the political scene surrounding the market. I was impressed by how many kid activities were available, and then I got to get up close and personal – working the jolly jumper (aka jumpee) for the first two hours. It was a little slow at first, but by the end of the day, it brought in enough to pay for itself, which was a first (!). It was a great chance to talk with the waiting parents about their experience with the market, which is totally my target audience. My position will be strengthening the connection between the school gardens and the market. The other interns look to be great connections, one being a native to the area, the other having been here for a while and very interested in gardening.

Today I connected with the third promised garden client, and she was really jazzed about the garden possibilities. We scouted out a good spot, and discussed materials, content, and management. She has a daughter my age that loves to cook, a son who started a little gardening at his place down the street, and other family is close as well. It looks very promising. I have a lot of drawing to do, which I’m stoked for. My first garden client and I will get planting in her new 60 sq. foot garden bed on Friday. Very exciting! Pictures to come!Motor Avenue Farmer's Market

Signing off for now, with a promise to make posts more frequent. ¡Chao amigos!


Papa was a rollin’ stone

and so we all are. 

But we are conscious stones, each making up the gravel pit, the beaches, the mountains, and it’s all within us. We can’t control the passage of “time” or “space”, but can choose how we will act in each moment. 

I choose to serve the forces of love. And I will develop myself to fill out my roles. 

Live, baby, live it up. Bless up those who are suffering, those that have perpetuated the suffering, and yourself, as the witness of these events. 

That is the Gift of the Blessing. 

AgLocal is helping small farmers reach the market

“Transparency brings about democracy” – Nait Jones, CEO & founder of AgLocal

When Nait Jones began this company, he found that Kansas City was ripe to help his entrepreneurial dreams… “Why couldn’t collaborative consumption be applied to food production?”

ReGarden Nation – what is THAT about?

Alright, interwebs, it’s time for me to get on the scene. My name is Ariel, and in addition to being a writer for your reading delight, I am an educator, edible landscaper, entreprenuer, and engager. That last one I define loosely as rabble-rouser/discussion-instigator/be-in-your-virtual-face purveyor of food for thought. 

And what is this concept, this name, ReGarden Nation?

Well, friends, ReGarden Nation is an reference to our common roots as gardeners. Before globalization allowed us to have an Ecuadorian banana with some Sebastopudlian yogurt with a sprinkling of puffed quinoa from Peru, we had a connection to our food that was intimate. If we weren’t growing it ourselves, we knew the person that was, and that created a mutually supportive community. A Nation.

My thoughts on the current global situation of humans living beyond our means, as individuals, as stewards of our race, and as stewards of the land and creatures, is that we can begin the healing process by cultivating this connection to the basic give and take we engage with daily. Eating.

For some, their ritual is very meticulous, from where they get the food, how they clean it, prepare it, serve it, and eat it. For others, they know what they like, they find the place where it’s prepared to their liking, and they eat it, perhaps while catching up on the days events with friends or from the media. And there are others still, like me, that gain even deeper appreciation for their food, by caring for its growth, through maturation, harvesting it at the right time, and sharing it with loved ones scant minutes or hours after it was living.

Yes, it is certainly time consuming. Yes, for many, they can learn to appreciate food even if they don’t grow it. And yes, there are options for being intimately connected to the growing process without doing it yourself. Isn’t that great?!?!

Well reader, I am here to help deepen that connection. I am undertaking this blogging project so I am pushed to reflect on what I am learning everyday. From the garden, from my neighbors, from the internet community, from my entrepreneurial endeavors.  The urge to express is all in us, and for too long, I have had pieces of me jotted down in a half dozen notebooks, in cards to friends, in projects for others, without coming home to my own space for reflecting.

Here it goes.