Growing up in a small, dusty, rural town in northeastern Oklahoma was hardly a rich cultural experience. I was 8 years old and Bartlesville was void of any architecture. But that was soon to change thanks to a chemist, Harold Price, his two sons, and the need for an office building to house their booming electric welding company.
Life finds a way, even in a newly seeded backyard vegetable garden, which, after a huge rainfall, more closely resembled a pond. Before the deluge, several "tough little" radish and beet seeds, germinated in an Oak Park raised bed, were planted during Richard Kordesh and Maureen Staub Kordesh's mid-April Sugar Beet Cooperative backyard membership coffee.
As Sandy Lentz settles into being a newly elected member of the Park District of Oak Park board, back on her 800 block of north Humphrey, this spring, summer and fall her garden will be calling her home.
As a girl growing up in rural Wisconsin, Tara Schaafsma, 39, loved gathering edible berries from a nearby woods, and harvesting flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables from her parents' large backyard gardens.