This fall Charlie Cameron and I worked on a piece for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine about artist-blacksmith Whit Hanschka. In his Vineyard Haven studio he creates pieces that are as beautiful as they are functional, from coffee tables to garden gates and many things between. It was a real treat to watch him at the forge. You can see more of his work at his website.
This fall I worked with Phyllis Meras on a piece for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine about Elisha Smith. Elisha has been a part of island agriculture since he was six years old and now, closing in on his ninetieth year, he still keeps 250 laying hens, 14 geese, and ten head of beef cattle on his small farm in Oak Bluffs. Speaking with Elijah was a great way to connect with the history of farming on the island and I am very happy with the resulting article.
Last year, Nicki Miller, editor of the Martha’s Vineyard Magazine assigned writer Alexandra Bullen and yours truly, to photograph the Community Garden in West Tisbury for one year. It was a fabulous assignment and one that I was eager to take on.
This community garden is not only abundant and productive but its members eat year round from it’s soil. In their winter hoop house I found kale, mache, parsley, lettuce greens, tatsoi, swiss chard and spinach growing when it was 24 degrees and snowy outside. Master gardener Lynn Weber has been growing fruits and vegetables for the last 65 years ( 5 years at coho) and has much wisdom to share. Alexandra interviewed several residents and was able to capture and write a wonderful story about these folks at that intentional place they call Icoho.
This month I worked with Holly Bellebuono, a local herbalist, and Catherine Walthers, a local food author, on a piece for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine on wild edibles. It is the third of a three part series on foraging for food on the island. This edition featured yummy edibles such as autumn olives, sassafras, and of course beach plums, along with a recipe for Ethel Sherman’s beach plum jelly.
This month I worked with Holly Bellebuono, a local herbalist, and Catherine Walthers, a local food author, on a piece for Martha’s Vineyard Magazine on wild edibles.. It is the second of a three part series on foraging for food on the island. This article features yummy edibles such as purslane, lambs quarters, and red clover.