Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

MERRY LANDER Next up in our series of HOMEGROWN introductions is Meaghan, a Baltimore gal who describes herself as a dirt-under-her-fingernails city slicker. We'd say she's more like the human embodiment of HOMEGROWN. A bit about Meaghan, in her own words: “I am a master gardener, fermenter, kombucha and kefir maker, home chef, artist, professor, office worker, doer, and grower.”

In case it seems like she's slacking off: “I also manage a 50-family community garden in Baltimore and give workshops on canning and fermenting out of my home.”

In her spare time, Miss Meaghan works on relandscaping her yard with native plants and casually whips up meals such as a recent eggplant, zucchini, and tomato tian—with HOMEGROWN veggies and herbs, of course. If that dinner gets your mouth watering, check out her blog, Palate & Pantry, for more delectable dishes (curried butternut squash soup, fermented spicy-sweet beet relish) as well as an enthusiasm for backyard-harvest gawking near and dear to our own hearts.

While Meaghan just moved to the top of our hero list, she has a few role models of her own. Want to swap Sandor Katz or Terry Gross stories with Meaghan? Post a comment below or shoot her a message via her profile page. And ask her if she's getting some sleep, will you? That girl is busy.

What is Meet Your Neighbors? Most of us spend a fair amount of time tending our online gardens, but it's easy to forget there's a real person behind every quiche recipe, chicken inquiry, and hoophouse design here on HOMEGROWN. Well, nuts to that! MYN gives us a chance to meet over the back fence and shake hands. (Or maybe hug? We're huggers. But no pressure.)

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Comment by meaghan carpenter on September 28, 2012 at 1:58pm

Wow! Thank you for the introduction! I am very happy to be here and learn from this knowledgeable community. 

I love sharing my knowledge with others about fermented foods, growing vegetables, raising and keeping ducks and how to organize 50 people to work together to grow tons of organic produce; and of course learning from others how to be more self-sufficient! 

Lets be friends and share!


Comment by Jennifer on October 1, 2012 at 11:23am

We're so glad you and your bountiful basil are here on HOMEGROWN!


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