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May 2019 Letter from the Publisher

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

Candi Broeffle, Publisher

Our May issue arrives with spring in the air, the lazy days of summer in our dreams and the memories of past seasons fresh in our minds. This is the time of year that awakens my desire to dig in the dirt and spend long days in the gardens—or at least begin planning to do so.

This month’s issue is packed full of articles that remind me of my childhood days on the farm in northern Minnesota. My parents, Bob and Sharon, loved to garden, raise animals, and “live off the land” as much as possible. Most of the winter months were spent reading Mother Earth News, Farmers’ Almanac and any book by Rodale Press; and spring was the time to put this new knowledge into action. Baby goats and pigs were being born and there were numerous trips to the feed store to get “just a few more” chicks to raise for eggs and meat. Even now, I can smell the scent of baby animals and fresh straw, and it makes me smile.

Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy the gardens much as a child. It was a lot of work—tilling, planting, weeding, harvesting, canning or prepping for freezing, then tearing it all out at the end of the year, only to start again the next year. We had many large gardens, enough to feed a family of nine for the entire year. It truly felt like child labor, especially in my teen years.

Today, I appreciate the lessons I learned as a child and I love to put them into action, even in small ways. I plant raised gardens with enough produce to can tomatoes for the winter and enjoy fresh cucumbers and zucchini all summer, but in no way could I feed my family for a year on the small harvests I bring in! There is comfort, though, in digging my hands in the dirt, smelling the earth and feeling the sun on my face. It’s in these moments that I feel Mom and Dad are still with me, encouraging me to listen to the plants, hear what they need, and tell them how I appreciate all they do for us.

We’ve been talking to plants for years, but did you know they talk to each other? This month, April Thompson’s article, "Plants Talk: Discover Their Secret Language,” shares a fascinating look at how they communicate to defend themselves and assist their neighbors in the most extraordinary ways.

If you want to create lasting memories with the little ones in your life, consider getting them out of the house and into the garden. In "Gardening for Kids: The Fun of Growing Their Own,” Ronica A. O'Hara shows us how this helps grow healthy, veggie-loving kids as well.

This month’s issue includes many articles by our local contributors, including articles on eye health, mental and emotional health, and discovering our intuition. There is true wisdom within these pages.

Finally, to all the people who play the role of Mother in another’s life, may the love you have given return to you a hundredfold. Happy Mother’s Day!

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