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The Butterfly Wings of Passion (or What Farmer D Has Been Up To)

Posted Sep 07 2008 2:20am

This is a passion flower. It is the host plant of the Gulf fritillary butterfly, those orange butterflies with the three white dots on each wing that are constant companions to my zinnias. I found this vine growing in the children's garden at my nearby community center and they remind me, every time I see them, of Farmer D, who started this garden years ago. More importantly, they remind me of just how far passion can take you, because, lo and behold, while we've been sleeping, Farmer D has done it again.

Here is the latest, a story on the front-page of the Living section of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, highlighting Farmer D's successes:

Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson wants him to develop an organic farm at his exclusive New Jersey spa. Actress Jennifer Garner thinks his turnips “rock.” Rolling Stones’ keyboardist Chuck Leavell and Atlanta adman Joel Babbit just signed him to a deal on their environmental Web site, Mother Nature Network.

Whole Foods markets sell Farmer D’s compost through a partnership in which Joffe (and colleague Mike Smith of Longwood Plantations) recycles the chain’s scraps into rich organic matter. Oh, and he’s inspired thousands of people across the country to grow organic food through his work with nonprofits and community gardens.

Nice story, Katie Leslie. And nice to see you again out there, Farmer D. Oh, and did I mention, stay tuned for even more Farmer D news? Something really close to the heart of FoodShed Planet! Coming soon . . .

Passion. What is it that you are passionate about? And where will the butterfly wings of passion take you?
Nurturing sustainability close to home and around the world. (And other food for thought!)

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