I left a big part of my soul in Vietnam 50 years ago. I mourn that loss still. My journey into recovery from PTSD — into growth, wholeness, and peace — lay in great part with a garden. Here there was no enemy; nothing to fear: No noise, no crowds, no expectation. My garden is a place of love and connection with the cycles of life. A place of creation.

I rely on it being predictable, but delight in its surprises.

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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