“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there”

My recent feature post on UMW Blogs. What is quickly apparent is that what’s happening on UMW Blogs is continuing to cross pollinate in the community. And the quote from Thomas Fuller (which I have made the title of this post) captures the spirit and possibilities of a university publishing platform that is open and unregulated.

Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there. ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Earlier this week Emily Battle of The Free-Lance Star published an article featuring
Bethany Friesner’s vegetable garden at her UMW apartment complex. The take away quote from the article for me the following:

She is reading what she can, and documenting her progress on a blog on UMW’s website.

“The whole point is an adventure,” she said.

Through her blogging, Friesner said she wants to help people understand that they can grow a little bit of their own food even if they only have a small amount of space to work with.

She really embodies the spirit of UMW Blogs by using this space to publicly document and help people understand—that is the very ethos that public education needs to both harness and promote. And thanks to Bethany, we have a brilliant example. Visit her blog here.

Image credit: Peter Cihelka/The Free-Lance Star

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2 Responses to “Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love all the strains contained in this one little post: gardening, virtual space, & cross-pollination. Although the title put me more in the mind of _Being There_ than anything else.

  2. Reverend says:

    If you were thinking being there, than I am right there with you. Where ever there is. BTW, read your article on Dali in rural virginia, how cool is that. I’ve been meaning to blog that one for a while, I keep dreaming about Henry Miller, Anais Nin, and Dali in the same house in Caroline County—how crazy.

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