Welcome to our Sanctuary
I wear many hats - I work full time in a peer support organization, where we provide peer support to parents and caregivers of kids with behavioral, mental health and developmental challenges. Our kids are grown and have all launched successfully, which now gives me time to pursue other interests. I'm an avid home baker (yeast and sour dough baking is a passion) and a very casual gardener. I live with an amateur, although quite talented photographer, who humors me by supporting my quirky passions. I love growing edibles and we try hard to be as mindful of the environment as we can be. All recipes are kosher, although we like to find challenging recipes that would typically not be made in a kosher kitchen. I love to chat about creative approaches to baking or cooking and respond to all queries.
Are professions for some, but are amateur passions of ours. I post as often as I have time for and we would gladly try out recipes, start seeds, investigate a plant or learn about a related topic suggested by readers. This blog is my personal self-care project and GoldStone Farms is an ongoing family project. We experiment with flowers and edible plants. My husband documents our "progress" and occasionally remembers to share the photos with me. Feel free to send appropriate comments or suggestions, we are a family of perpetual students.
We have planted a small raised bed of GLENN wheat (4/11/21) and two planters of an undetermined strain of barley. Photos will be posted to mark our progress.
Our garden is a combination of old plantings and newer additions. This is an heirloom "single" climbing rose that was in the garden well before we moved in. Blooms once, remains almost fungus free all summer, nasty thorns.
We garden amidst ten 75 foot black walnut trees. They are the reason we fell in love with the house and yard and they remain the bane of our gardening existence. Have you heard about juglone toxicity? Our walnuts have made us experts in the challenges presented by this toxic chemical and the creative means of how to garden in spite of its presence.
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I will do my best to get back to you soon!