My family comes from a long line of homesteaders, gardeners, and farmers. I grew up helping my dad in our garden. When I was a little older, I spent a couple summers working in my grandpa's garden and learning how to cook from my grandma. While in high school and college I planted a few plants every year. However, it wasn't until after college that gardening became a full-blown hobby of mine. After graduating, I had more time to watch cooking shows which broadened how and what I was cooking. That in turn expanded what I grew in my garden. I soon found myself with more produce than I knew what to do with. That led me to become a vendor at my local farmers' market. I soon discovered that cooking and gardening are just some of my hobbies; my passion is sharing my produce and knowledge with others.