Thursday, April 24, 2014
This past Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine featured my home in their Joy of Gardening issue. In case you didn’t see the article and would like to check it out, here’s a link.
The article was a great experience, and the magazine’s staff was so nice! They let me suggest photographers and then picked my first choice to do the shoot. Phew!! Winky Lewis, a Portland, Maine based photographer, has a unique approach to her images, taking the everyday ordinary scene and infusing light and character into it. Her primary source of inspiration is her children, but recently she’s been getting commercial and portrait work (including this awesome feature on Maine based graffiti artist Mike Rich). She kept the mood light at the shoot having me climb up in a tree (the one I sit in sometimes while the chickens are running about) and trying on a mouse mask (she has the coolest collection of animal masks). As a result of us working together on the piece she became a member of my very small egg CSA. Pretty cool!
Marni Elyse Katz, the writer, submitted me for the feature after seeing pictures of my chickens, bees, and garden on Facebook and my personal blog Delicious Musings. Marni is a Boston based writer/blogger with a strong sense for fashion and interior design. It was fun talking with her about the gals (the chickens) and what I am planting in my garden this year. Our interview was a much more benign exchange than the one between the town mouse and the country mouse in Aesop’s Fables. I knew when reading the article she’d done her homework and am really pleased with what she wrote.
All in all I’m grateful to have been included in the issue, which also profiles two other home gardeners and fruit specialists. When I was growing up in Virginia my mind was focused on the brightest lights of the biggest cities. Maintaining gardens and keeping chickens and bees was about as foreign to me as well anything. I did the big city life thing and loved it, and now this country mouse is enjoying all the wonderful opportunities this life offers.
Photos by Monty Lewis.Tweet
Sharon Kitchens is a neo-homesteader learning the ins and outs of country living by luck and pluck and a lot of expert advice. She writes about bees for The Huffington Post and stuff she loves on her personal blog, deliciousmusings.com.
When she is not writing, she enjoys edible gardening, reading books on food and/or thinking about food, hanging out by her beehives and patiently tracking down her chickens in the woods behind her old farmhouse.
In her blog, Sharon profiles farm families, reports on farm-based education and internships, conducts Q&A's with master beekeepers, offers tips on picking a CSA, and much more.