My Favorite UrbanOrganicGardener Moments of 2009

Posted on Dec 18 2009 - 9:16am by Mike Lieberman

With this being my last post of the year, I wanted to share with you my favorite moments from UrbanOrganicGardener.

This might seem a bit self-serving, but when I first set out and started this project my goal was to get just one salad. It’s turned into a bit more than that. I’ve been able to get that salad (and many more), but I’ve also been able to connect personally with many of you and that’s really been the best part.

So I’ll close out this year with some of my faves:

Like I said my goal was to get one salad, so when I harvested veggies from my fire escape for the first time is up there for me.

Not only harvesting the salad, but eating the salad ranks high up there as well. The fact that I was able to trace my produce from fire escape to bowl was a bit overwhelming for me. Just check out the video in the post.

A few months into the blog, I started to receive emails from readers about starting their own gardens after seeing what I did.

Mariann in Arizona was the first to send me a note. She was hesitant at first and had lots of questions. The best part about her garden was that it was a way for her and her teenage son to bond.

A few months later her garden was doing well. She was able to harvest lots of basil and her cucumber and tomatoes were starting to fruit and blossom.

Annie also hit me up to tell me that she started her own urban garden in Washington, DC. She used some soda bottles, planted and hung them in her backyard.

Earlier in the month, I was on the left coast and did an urban gardening workshop with a kindergarten class in Sherman Oaks, CA.

I got to work with the kids and parents to get the class set up with their very own Urban-Kinder Garden. The first day was spent with the parents setting up the self-watering containers and talking to them about the importance of growing your own food.

On the second day, I worked with the parents and the students to set the garden up and start their own worm composting bin. This event was definitely one of the highlights for me of the whole experience – getting to work with the kids. Mad fun.

Without all of you none of this would have been possible. I sincerely thank all of you and look forward to learning more and keeping this journey going in 2010.

What were your favorite UrbanOrganicGardener moments of 2009?

12 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. D. Romanell December 18, 2009 at 9:46 am -

    How can anyone forget you urinating on your tomato plants. That has GOT to be a “memorable moment.”

  2. Mike Lieberman December 18, 2009 at 10:14 am -

    Good point Duane. I'll need to do a follow up post come next month.

  3. Tatyana December 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm -

    You inspired several people to start growing their own food. It means you made a difference in those people' lives. You should be proud. You are one of us, Blotanists, and we are proud of you! Have a happy Holiday Season!

  4. Doug Robertson December 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm -

    I came in late in the year to following this blog, I hate that the year is nearly over! I've tried playing catch-up but there's a lot, so this recap of your favorites is a great post. Loved looking back on what I might have missed out on. I think it's fantastic how you inspired others to do the same, maybe more next year.

  5. Mike Lieberman December 21, 2009 at 2:12 pm -

    Thank you Tatyana. Hope you enjoy your holiday season as well.

  6. Mike Lieberman December 21, 2009 at 2:14 pm -

    Doug. Glad you have been following the posts and more importantly enjoying them. I know that I've learned a lot this first growing season and hopefully was able to pass long some of that to others. In the new year, I'll have some more recaps and lessons that I learned in 2009. Thanks again and have a great end of 2009.

  7. biofriendlyblog December 27, 2009 at 9:00 am -

    Any of your posts can be classified as “favorites” for me – you inspire people to take action because your actions are so simple that anyone can do them. I have to say some of my personal favorites were the ones where you were educating kids, the ones with your grandmother and the one where you remind us to feed the plants! 😀 Keep up the great work Mike!

  8. Mike Lieberman December 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm -

    LOL. Thanks Tara. I definitely enjoyed working with the kids. Plus it allowed me to meet you as well.

  9. Tara December 29, 2009 at 9:14 am -

    Now see….that was one of my favorite moments (that wasn't in your blog, but in real life!) 🙂

  10. Tara December 29, 2009 at 5:14 pm -

    Now see….that was one of my favorite moments (that wasn't in your blog, but in real life!) 🙂

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