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A hidden valuable resource, can you help?

Posted Friday, November 30, 2007, at 9:01 AM

I purposely did not say what that resource was or the topic, because I did not want people to prejudge and move on.

The resource is our senior citizens and the topic is the way they used to garden in the "good old days". There is all kind of gardening advice scattered across the internet and in print, but rarely do I find information about our Middle Tennessee area.

What I would like to do is have conversations with as many "seasoned" gardeners as possible, so we can share their experiences in the garden. Now the chances that they are reading this blog is slim, so I need your help in locating them.

I will probably start with the nursing homes, where I will ask the management to ask the guests. If they were gardeners, I would bet that many of them would love to have the company and would love to talk about that part of their lives.

The folks I can not locate will be in assisted living, living at home, or with relatives. I will be happy to meet with any of you who want to "check me out" before putting me in touch with your loved ones and I encourage that. Better yet, come with me. I bet they would love an extra visit.

I am not quite sure what I plan to do with this just yet. I know it won't be turned into a movie, but maybe some articles to the T-G, or something like that. If nothing else, our sage gardeners will know that their observations and experiences are valued and have been heard and written down. Some may just enjoy the visit. I know I will.

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Steve, I've got a "candidate" for you. I tried to e-mail you but it a screen pops up for a logginet.passport.com something. I don't know what that means.

How else can I reach you?

-- Posted by mmp84 on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 9:55 AM

I tried clicking on it and got the e-mail so I don't know what that message was trying to say. Try steve@bedfordtradingpost.com


-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 1, 2007, at 4:18 PM

If that does not work try steve@mybedfordcounty.com

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 8:11 AM

This is a great idea!

Not only would this help us take advantage of another "vanishing resource" and let our elders know that they and their wisdom are treasured,but it could bring back some victory gardens,save some heirloom species,re-introduce some healthy and tasty recipes,preserve some almost forgotten crafts and help new generations appreciate the gifts of nature that surround us.

All we'll have for the future is what we take care of today.

What we have left of the past and what we are creating today are going to be somebody's legacy.

Let's make sure that we value what's available to us now enough that we have something positive to pass on.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Dec 5, 2007, at 8:54 PM

I received some private feedback and will try to visit some of the folks this weekend. With their approval, I may post their picture and some of their wisdom in posts here.

Since these blogs slowly make their way to the bottom, I may also start a new one from time to time so keep an eye out.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 6, 2007, at 8:22 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.