Farm to Table at the Garden Center


I have long held that no food is more local than that grown in your own garden.  I was recently reading an article in Today’s Garden Center magazine, “Farm to Table Will Change Us” (Februrary 2015).  The editor, Carol Miller, discusses the impact of the Farm-to-Table movement on the retail garden center industry.  She makes an astute observation:  “At its heart, it’s about actual gardening.”


“Admittedly, many who are into the farm-to-table movement just want to buy fresh, locally grown produce.

2014-03-12 11.57.51 But Gen X and Gen Y also celebrate the geeks among them who dive deeply into whichever hobby they take up.  Call it geek chic.  Enough of these new customers are geeking out over the trend and want to know everything they can about growing the tastiest tomatoes, greens, squash and herbs they can.  And they want to learn inventive ways to prepare their harvest to show off to their friends.”

Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress



As a Board member of the Mississippi Food Policy Council, I am happy to share blog posts! Check this one out!

Originally posted on Mississippi Food Policy Council:

by Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Stephen Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen Vogel, and Becca B.R. Jablonski

Administrative Publication No. (AP-068) 89 pp, January 2015

Cover image for ERS report "Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress" (AP-068) This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems. Click the report to access.

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Fun and Informative Garden Events @ MSU


Pollinator Condos 

Mississippi State Trial Gardens will present a workshop on ‘Pollinator Condos’ on Tuesday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dorman Hall Greenhouse on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville. Please come join us and learn how to create a unique habitat for native bees and pollinators. For a small fee, participants will make their own ‘condo’ and will be able to invite some of nature’s best pollinators to call their backyard home! For more information, and to register, find us on facebook at MS Trial Gardens or email


BYOC – Bring Your Own Container

Mississippi State Trial Gardens will present a workshop on ‘BYOC – Bring Your Own Container’ on Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dorman Hall Greenhouse on the campus of Mississippi State University in Starkville. Bring your own container, join us and learn all about container gardening, just in time for spring! Bring any container – 12″ or smaller – and everything else you need to make a stunning container will be provided! Registration is limited with a fee of $20 for each participant. For more information, or to register, email or find us on Facebook at

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container workshop – april 2015

Happy to be Back!


It’s been a while since I last posted (a LOOONG while).  I had back surgery right before Thanksgiving and it has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things.  One of my goals for this year is to post at least weekly.  I hope you’ll find my blog informative and entertaining.

Please continue to join me on my journey to grow (food, farmers, and myself) throughout the coming weeks and months!

Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

National Food Day is this Friday, October 24th!  I started celebrating today by hosting a program at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi.  We celebrated with the hardworking, under-appreciated lettuce!

Here are some lettuce facts!

Lettuce was originally grown for medicinal purposes rather than to be eaten.  The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD, was said to have been cured of a serious illness by eating lettuce.

Lettuce is meant to contain a natural chemical that helps you sleep.  Romans ate lettuce at the end of dinner to help calm their stomach and make them sleepy.

Iceberg lettuce was developed in the United States and got its name from the way it was packed with ice to survive transportation in warm temperatures.

What’s going on…Orlando!

What’s going on…Orlando!

I know, I know!  I have been a total slacker when it comes to my blog!  But I have been on the road learning and teaching!  Last week I was in Orlando, Florida for the annual meeting of the American Society for Horticultural Science.  I presented a poster about teaching Good Agricultural and Handling Practices to Mississippi producers.   I was also invited to speak at the Industry and Extension Division breakfast about using Pinterest for programming!  There was a lot of interest and the group was very receptive.  I hope I gain a few new Pinterest followers as a result!  You can follow me on Pinterest, too!  Just look for veggiedr!


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