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Reader Appreciation Award

December 25, 2012

I’ve been following a Canadian blog for a few months now –Sailors Small Farm. I’ve mentioned them before here because of content that was meaningful to something going on here in our area. It is amazing to me as I learn that the issues our small farmers have are universal.  They may be located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, but they talk about concerns and triumphs that I hear when I visit the farms that produce the food in The Wild Ramp Market.

Just recently, to my surprise and delight, she nominated The Wild Ramp blog for a Reader’s Appreciation Award!  Wow!

The rules for receiving this award

Just so I don’t omit anything:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

2. Answer 10 questions.

3. Nominate some blogs that you find a joy to read.

4. Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been nominated.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post.

My Q&A

Your favourite color? Natural ones–the blues of the sky and sea, the greens of the farms and forests, tempered by the browns and oranges of the desert.
Your favorite animal? Oh my…I am so allergic and I really miss having a dog.
Your favorite non-alcoholic drink?  Believe it or not (and it took years to get here), filtered water, preferably cold
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook.  Twitter seems to take non-communication to a new low level–I mean what? 40 characters or something? Forget it! (What? me? Long-winded? maybe so…….)
Your favorite pattern? What? I sew bags as a fun hobby and never use a pattern LOL
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Giving, trying to find somethign ideal that fits that person’s interests or needs…..unique is best
Your favorite number? four, but it never helped me win any lottery LOL
Your favorite day of the week? Since I am self-employed every day is different…..on weekends we get to do activities together, but sometimes the quiet of the house during the week is rather….peaceful
Your favorite flower? Irises. Wish they lasted longer.
What is your passion? In the past year I have been learning more and more about the food that we eat and the  way industry has taken over… making profits getting in the way of producing healthy food. I have become very passionate about local foods and providing support to the producers, not only as a blogger but as a consumer. Our table has changed dramatically since then and I think we are almost 75% local now.

Check out these blogs-Here are some I enjoy reading and you might also:

Essence of Dubrovnik ( is written by a woman born and raised in the United States who chose to emigrate to Croatia upon retirement. She loves her new city and is striving not to be a typical ex-pat but immerse herself into the culture there. Not only will she give you glimpses of the life there but should you plan a visit, you will understand the benefit of hiring her to be your personal guide to capture the essence of Dubrovnik unlike so many other tourists who cruise and stop in places and have no real idea what they are seeing.

Porter Pond Farm ( is written by a farmer near Memphis who has been building their business for about five years and now plans to retire.  While they don’t post often, their insights into the challenges of working to grow healthy food choices is something consumers of food (hey, YOU eat, don’t you?) would appreciate reading.

little yurt on the borderlands ( is written by a man who moved last year from his typical work a day world in Colorado to homestead in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He has detailed the construction of his 30-foot diameter yurt, installation of the well, the wood stove, and all the rest that has made it livable. His sense of humor as he stumbles through all the new experiences is humbling and I look forward to meeting him, his wife and their dogs when we head to Vermont in June for Sam’s orientation at UVM.

Frugally Sustainable ( presents many accessible ways to save money as well as resources.  Recipes given for cleaning supplies, toiletries and concoctions to help get your through colds and other ailments.

Campfire Shadows ( Joe invites you to join him at his campfire while he spins a good yarn. He is currently recording his stories and when you listen, you are drawn in and forget the real world where you are.

Wild Cookery! ( explains how to forage and even grow on your own lawn area wild plants that can feed you. Not only will this save on your food budget but will help you live sustainably. He also presents information on how to be better prepared in case of an emergency or a time when the power and other utilities we depend on are not available.

I, the reader, appreciate these bloggers (and so many more) and urge you to check them out!! My gift to you–new and interesting ways to enjoy your world!  Merry Christmas!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Dubrovniklady permalink
    December 26, 2012 6:39 am

    Hvala (thank you).

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