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I originally started this blog back in 2008 to chronicle my time working on organic farms in Pennsylvania, California, and Hawaii through WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). After my short foray into farming, I got my Masters in Library and Information Science and started working as a librarian. 

I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan with my family. Though I never became a farmer, I love growing things, especially flowers. I’m interested in maximizing the growing season, even in our northern climate, and growing plants that support birds and butterflies. 

These days I write about gardening, as well as other things I find interesting including books, butterflies, birds, making things, traveling, and family history.  

Last, I acknowledge that the land my family and I live on and garden is historically Pottawatomi land, specifically the traditional land of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish band of Pottawatomi. Pottawatomi comprise one part of the historic Three Fires Confederacy, an alliance between the Pottawatomi (Bodewadmi), Ottawa (Odawa), and Chippewa (Ojibwe). For more information please see the website of the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (Gun Lake Tribe) and the Land Acknowledgment of Kalamazoo College.

Susan O’Connor


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey, I really enjoyed your blog, too bad you haven’t made any new posts lately. I’ve been really thinking about some WOOF opportunities and your posts were great. Hope you’re able to write about Tanzania.

  2. Hi, Susan- I am keeping our website accurate and up to date. We had a link to this blog, and am just checking in to say that we may keep the link- if that’s okay with you! Thanks,

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