Celebrate the culture of agriculture & share skills (Growing! Cooking! Eating!)

GREEN THUMB, GREEN PLATE: Next up in our series of HOMEGROWN introductions is Christy, an earth mama from rural Montana who loves “everything about the outdoors, including wonderful organic local food to cook mouth-watering and belly-smiling meals for my awesome family!”

One reason Christy caught our eye: She’s a chef who’s out there in the dirt, growing her own ingredients. Here’s Christy on her awesome-looking microgreens: “We grow them year-round in our house, on a south-facing wall. We put them in everything, from sandwiches to soups to smoothies. Microgreens have about 50 percent more nutritional value in them, because of how small they are and how many you get in one serving. Bonus is that my 'weeder-in-training' loves them, too.”

For more examples of Christy’s soil-to-table prowess (warning: don’t view these photos on an empty stomach), check out her peach-jalapeño spread in the making, Armenian refrigerator pickles, fried-green-tomatoes-to-be, and her gorgeous garden (scroll below the pic for a list of all the righteous stuff growing in there). While you’re at it, you might as well drool over all of her photos.

Christy's zeal for growing has gone hand-in-gardening-glove with her love of the kitchen ever since she was a pint-sized sous chef: “My mom used to grow red potatoes in our backyard when I was a kid, in Idaho,” Christy writes. “I would go dig them up and cook them right away! One of the best food memories I have!”

Want to talk ’taters with Christy? Post a comment below or shoot her a message via her profile page. We bet she’ll write you back. She’s got a green thumb when it comes to making friends, too.

What is Meet Your Neighbors? Most of us spend a fair amount of time tending our online gardens, but it’s easy to forget there’s a real person behind every quiche recipe, chicken inquiry, and hoophouse design here on HOMEGROWN. Well, nuts to that! MYN gives us a chance to meet over the back fence and shake hands. (Or maybe hug? We’re huggers. But no pressure.)

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