How well do you Know What You Eat?

People here in Arlington and around the country are increasingly involved in growing and harvesting their own food, and care-taking their land. Using short interviews, we’re gathering their experiences:


Name: Martin Ogle Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned?There are so many unexpected and profound things to learn from a bee colony.  One small example for me was being able to actually witness the establishment of a new queen bee after the previous queen had flown off with about 1/2 the colony (a process called “swarming”).
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Backyard Gardening

Name: Reidy B – working parent with 2 kids
Location: Alcova Heights, Arlington
Advice to someone who wants to start their own vegetable and herb garden?
Don’t start a huge garden the first year. Ease into it. I think back to what I spent the most money on at the previous year’s farmers market, and start there. So I almost always grow Sun Gold cherry tomatoes (very easy), some mescalin, and basil. You could easily do all that in a few pots. Read more…

Native Plant Gardening

Name: Lynn K – Library employee, bicycle and gardening enthusiast
Location:  Arlington Library / Arlington Heights

When did you start, and why?
We moved into a house in 2004 with a small and fairly horrible garden.  I removed and planted randomly for a while and then read William Cullina on native trees and shrubs and subsequently native perennials i.e. wildflowers. He talked about – rhapsodized in some cases – plants as food and shelter for wildlife, as part of the ecological whole, in addition to being decorative,
fragrant, etc.
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Do you have a ‘Know What You Eat’ practice of your own? We’d love to hear all about it!

  1. What do you do?
  2. When did you start, and why?
  3. What’s the best thing about doing it?
  4. What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve learned?
  5. Any advice for someone who wants to start doing the same thing?

Add your experience in the comments below!