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  • Denham Springs, LA
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What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
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reclaiming her roots
A bit about me:
I grew up in the country. I had a perfect childhood, spending my days playing in the woods on my horse or helping my family work cattle or work in the gardens. At some point (the point when hormones kicked in) I couldn't wait to "get out" and that's exactly what I did. I lived in cities for about a decade, and the majority of the time I kept a job working in plant nurseries! I do have a college degree in sociology, but I learned more from working in these nurseries. I also kept patio/container/anywhereyoucanput dirt gardens. I never grew any veggies, just trees, shrubs, houseplants, tropicals, perennials, annuals and of course, the obscure plants that I came across at the nursery.

I was living in Birmingham, AL when i got married to a bama boy and had a baby girl. She was a few months old when i started feeling that pull to return home. My family has lived in southeast Louisiana for many generations and those deep roots were pulling me back in a hard way.

We actually now live on 15 of the 200 acres my late grandparents once scraped and saved to acquire, and the very same ones I used to roam as a youngster. My daughter won't have as far to run, or even a horse to do it on, but maybe she'll gain something positive from playing in the dirt with mama.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
arugula greens....southern style with bacon fat and black pepper and cast iron corn bread from scratch. mmmmmm, potlikker.
Currently reading:
what your doctor may not tell you about children's vaccinations by stephanie cave
Currently listening to:
The Aggrolites, Steve Young, Johnny Cash, Irma Thomas, Hub City Stompers, Jimmy Martin, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Linda Perry, Lunachicks, Jim James, The Templars, 7 Year Bitch, Dolly Parton, Po' Girl, Gwar, Mos Def, Punch Brothers, Hayseed Dixie, L7, Woody Guthrie, Talib Kweli, Hiram (Hank) Williams, Toots & the Maytals, Clifton Chenier, The Adicts, Guns N' Roses, Leadbelly, Zack de la Rocha, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams Jr., The MC5, the roots, Hank 3, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Fishbone, Kathy Mattea, Skid Row, Muddy Waters, Luscious Jackson, De La Soul, Emmylou Harris, Saul Williams, Slayer, Steel Panther, Big Mama Thornton, Everlast, Ralph Stanley, Jack White, Pretty Boy Floyd, Sammi Smith, Slant 6, Gogol Bordello, Sublime, Motley Crue, Patsy Cline, Charley Patton, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Suicidal Tendencies, Joan Osborne, The Gits, Buffy St Marie, Amel Larrieux, Poison, S. O. S, Sinead O'Connor, Sade, Murphy's Law, Sleater-Kinney, Danzig, Aimee Mann, Joan Jett, Gillian Welch, Arrested Development, Kathleen Hanna, Hayden Desser, Alabama, Jesco White, Megadeth, Wanda Jackson, Karen Dalton, The WIYOS, System of a Down, Billie Holiday, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Erykah Badu, George Strait, Helmet, Leonard Cohen, Tanya Tucker, The Detroit Cobras, The Goats, Desmond Dekker, Lauryn Hill, Patricia Lee Smith, The Pogues, Harry Connick, Jr., Black Sabbath, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lucinda Williams
My latest DIY project:
DIY everything.

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At 5:56pm on May 13, 2010, Wendi Gammill said…
HI !!!!
At 6:07pm on May 18, 2010, Cornelia said…
Hi Jess - welcome to HOMEGROWN.org! "Reclaiming her roots"... love that. Sounds like you've got some stories to tell. Please consider telling them in member blog posts.

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