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Celeste Longacre is the author of Celeste’s Garden Delights. She is also an accomplished gardener who has been growing most of her family’s vegetables for over forty years. Celeste preserves the garden's bounty by canning, freezing, drying and fermenting as well as by storing her produce in a root cellar. She and her husband, Bob, live sustainably in a handmade octagonal home. During the cold winter months, their heat is provided by the firewood that Bob cuts. Much of their electricity is generated with an array of solar panels.  For further information visit

Celeste read Adelle Davis’ Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit in 1972. This book maintained that in order to stay healthy we need to pay attention to what we eat. Celeste became an organic purchaser instantly. Upon reflection, she realized that if you REALLY want to know what’s in your food, you should grow it yourself (or know who does). Hopefully this presentation will give you some insights and tips to turn your back yard, patio or balcony into a source of nutritious food.



Celeste will show a PowerPoint presentation on how to grow a beautiful garden. With over 130 color pictures designed to provide insights and how-to information on soil preparation, planting, weeding, thinning and some harvesting, this will give participants the tools that they need to plant and maintain a garden. Pictures are more specific than just words.

Participants will gain:

  • How to select a site for a garden

  • The proper way to plan a garden

  • Soil preparation particulars

  • How to plant seeds and transplants

  • The importance of thinning

  • How to stake tomatoes

  • Companion planting to aid in deterring bugs

  • Tricks to keep specific plants happy

  • Planting in pots

  • How to mulch

  • How to extend the season with coverings and more!  

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