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Good thing the kids like their greens: Ashley and Matt Hull’s lush Townsite garden (left) was inspired by books and movies about the local food movement. Ashley, pictured here with her daughter Sariah, won a 2014 Townsite Home & Garden Award. “Finally it was the result of watching too many Netflix movies [describing] where our food comes from. That was the final kicker and motivator….” Using their 2014 income tax refund to fund the project, they dug and moved, repurposed and planted until, today, their entire yard is devoted to providing nutrient-laden produce for the family table. A circular garden hosts a tepee-like structure to accommodate scarlet runner beans, a front-yard rectangular garden features blueberry bushes and strawberry plants. In the back and sides of the lot, stunning arrangements of raised beds overflow with leeks, kale, lettuce, carrots,

radishes, berries and a host of other edibles. The white stones once covering a nondescript driveway now define walkways between the beds. In grocery expenses, the garden has already proven itself. “We didn’t need to purchase a lot of produce last winter. Spaghetti squash was incredibly successful and stores well; we have that weekly. I still have gallons of winter kale and we sauté that regularly.” Like the Hull family, there are numbers of Townsite residents working to bring the mini-community back to its original glory. Guiseppe and a host of others would be so proud!

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Home Grown 2015  

Local food and agriculture. Who's growing food? What food? The stories behind local growers. Plus a map of where food is being grown in the...