Thanks so much to everyone who donated to the House of Hope Drive, promoted it on their blog, retweeted etc. The total is going to convert to around $3000 EC (Eastern Caribbean Dollars). Really, really fantastic!!
I’ll have an update from Celia next week with photos.
Just a reminder that the House of Hope Drive is on until Saturday when I’ll be drawing a name for the prize. We’re currently up to $1, 130, which is crazy INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for contributing!
My friend Celia, who lives in Dominica, is going to be visiting the House of Hope on December 21st. She is going to bring the total donation number to them and take a few pictures to send back to us.
I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but I could use a little colour right now. I took this photo last year while visiting the gardens of two of the women responsible for the House of Hope.
A front steps container garden in Newtown, a neighbourhood in Roseau, Dominica.
This coming Monday I will be giving a presentation to the Parkdale Horticultural Society on my epic December/January 2009/2010 trip to the Caribbean. I’ve assembled a range of images from plants, to food, to some personal insights from all three of the islands we visited. There is a special emphasis on Dominica, in part because we were there the longest, because the island is especially important to me personally, and because it offers so much from a botanical point of view.
The montane/cloud forest (mid-high elevation). Dominica.
While most of Dominica is very rugged mountainous rainforest, it is an island of many microclimates. As a result, everything that grows elsewhere in the West Indies is grown somewhere on the island. You can never run out of plants to discover. I can’t wait to go back, but for now, putting this presentation together has offered me the chance to go back and re-experience it all through the thousands of photos I took. I even learned a few new things that I didn’t notice when I was there taking the photos!
Next weekend, we’re headed to Detroit for a joint book launch event for “Grow Great Grub” and graphic novel, “Sword of My Mouth.” Why is a food gardening book teaming up with a graphic novel about the apocalypse (and vice-versa) you ask? Well, as it happens, the story is set in Detroit and features urban agriculture pretty heavily. If you think it’s hard keeping the raccoons and squirrels away now, imagine trying to grow a tomato crop through a post-apocalyptic famine! Apologies in advance, but I don’t believe I can offer adequate advice or a homemade garlic spray that will effectively eradicate a plague of locusts. I can, however, take down a plague of aphids or currant worms.
15 East Kirby Street #114, Detroit, MI When: Saturday May 15, 2010.