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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:07 AM
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by TheWrightScoop last modified Mar 04, 2011

While almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community through archive research, in celebration of March as 'women in history' month, I urge you to take your research a step further, document heritage – cultural diversity – through identifying, recording and sharing family stories.




 

 

While almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community through archive research, in celebration of March as 'women in history' month, I urge you to take your research a step further, document heritage – cultural diversity – through identifying, recording and sharing family stories.

Although I'm presently three generations removed from a Quaker heritage, there is one central guideline - caretaker -that continues to influence my legacy. For, basically, the Quaker culture views itself as a caretaker, not owner of property - a role which implies providing for the present without sacrificing the future.

This role is more or less the present-day definition of our 21st century green revolution. Yet, in my family for generations, it has inspired women gardeners. In my book – A Path Worn Smooth, http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/a-path-worn-smooth/4200561 which is dedicated to the people of my community Laurel Historic District, I invite readers to walk on a path worn smooth by generational expectation. Savor nostalgia for the places that are near and dear to my heart, recall family traditions and more importantly, renew experiences. Challenging all to celebrate heritage because heritage is more than a possession, it is a gift: the birthright of our children. So, I want to share with you the story of a 'family project'.

As a 'hands-on' landscape gardener, I regularly test products and services for vendors. As a result, one spring project is to test the outcome of three levels of kitchen gardens - container, above ground box and traditional agri in-ground gardening. In the past, I've successfully used seeds supplied by Renee's Garden, www.reneesgarden.com; so, for 2011, I'm again using Renee's Garden seeds in all three levels of the garden space. For the above ground garden, I'm also using an awesome product kit supplied by Green Land Gardener, www.greenlandgardener.com. This product so far has worked-well for a number of reasons: easy to assemble, detailed novice instructions and a garden design which includes colorful illustrative landscape cloths.

Step by step, I've involved my grandchildren in this project. First, we planted seeds in starter trays and are patiently waiting for warmer soil to transplant the seedlings. We also installed the above ground box and filled it with garden soil. Perhaps, more importantly, at each step, I've not only shared with my grandchildren an explanation of the process but stories of experiences planting gardens with my mother, grandmothers and aunts - the legacy of eco women in my family.

For, as a child of the era ‘tell instead of read’ me a story, I understand the value of sharing family heritage through storytelling. In fact, in my e-book edition, http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/a-path-worn-smooth/10645451, I included research tips and strategies that enable identification as well as publication of family histories. To inspire others, during the month of March, I'm participating in a number of activities. On Saturday March 26th from 1 to 4 p.m. I've partnered with Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts, www.simplepleasuresbooksandgifts.com to host an event Celebrate ‘Women in History month, Our Strength is Our History’ and book signing at Ashland Tea & Coffee, www.ashlandcoffeeandtea.com , 100 N. Railroad Ave. Ashland, VA, Phone: 804-798-1702. And, to further encourage others to document their eco legacy, through my Sylvia Wright's Storefront - Lulu.com, I'm offering discounts sales of eco focus books.

In celebration of March as 'women in history', together let's highlight the legacy of eco 'women in history'. Join me in an effort to 'move from eco-weak to eco-chic - green life's garden, one scoop at a time!'



 

 

 
 
 

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