welcoming refugees home again

One of the most meaningful parts of my work is putting together flowers for refugees who have resettled in Akron. A bouquet delivery is a small gesture in response to great pain and loss, but it’s offered in hope that God will speak through the beauty, making it more than it is. This season I…

little free library

Last night before we opened for you-pick hours I had a few moments to stock these boxes with the books of someone I love. Several months ago my friend Monica told me about her dream of setting up a little free library –she thought our field might be a good place for it. I had…

a poem for my neighbor

I was born in Hell’s Kitchenretired from waron the other side of the worldcame home to a wifewho would later leave meI said I’d neverbuy a home again but last year my second wifeof twenty-five yearsasked for a homeso I prayed to Jesusand talked to the VA this morning I took seventeen pillsbecause tomorrow is…

pansy shortbread cookies

Have you ever eaten a flower? You might be surprised to know how many varieties provide an easy¬† way to add interest, flavor, and beauty to your entrees and baked goods. When you visit our field during you-pick hours this summer, you’ll find a special section of edible herbs and flowers for you to enjoy…

children’s books: reading about growing things with your kids

It’s planting season! If you’ve been thinking about starting a garden or planting a few seeds, I encourage you: just start. It’s easy to think about it each year and then let May pass, and before you know it, you’re deciding you must not be destined for gardening after all. Not this year — just…