About Danielle

I’m a 30-something, free-spirited, nature-loving, dirt-worshiping, kitchen-destroyer, who also happens to be a slow food advocator and an obsessive creator.   I currently reside amidst a picturesque background of rolling hills and patchwork fields in Amish Country, Pennsylvania.

My history with plants:  In ’91, I grew my first “serious” garden in the vacant lot next to my father’s house.  I spent my summer nurturing peas, lettuce, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, beans, and several other veggies into maturity.  The feeling I received struck a chord deep within, and I began looking at food (and the system) with an entirely new perspective.  Fast forward to 2006; it was during this time in my life when I became slightly completely obsessed with growing and preserving the majority of my food.  The conscious decision was made to cut out all processed, preservative-laden junk, and start cooking everything from scratch.  I also began transitioning to a primarily plant-based diet.  I aspire to be as self-sufficient as possible, while maintaining a low-impact relationship with the environment.

For a glimpse of what goes on inside the rest of my “bubble” be sure to check out my other blogs:



10 responses to “About Danielle

  1. Well Danielle, I will admit that we are in the same boat, you live in Amish Country Pa, and I live in Old Order Mennonite Country Dayton, Virginia, actually I was Old Order Mennonite between the ages of 16 and 26, drove a horse and buggy and everything. More than likely I was in your area back then. I attened the Churchtown Old Order church several times.
    I also have a blog and am a subscriber now to your blog. I am a basket weaver and chair caner. My blog is http://hbs1991.wordpress.com
    Heritage Basket Studio & Chair Caning.
    What a small world. I love your blog.

  2. Hi Mitchell, It’s nice to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind words about my blog! Like you, I found myself in the hodge-podge predicament several years ago, so I divided my blogs up into my three passions: growing food, sewing and photography. I try to not play favorites, but OneGreenTomato seems to get the most attention of all three! I putzed around on your blog for a bit this afternoon, your basketry is simply stunning!!


  3. Danielle,
    I just was looking at your beet post. Now it made me think of something I have been wanting to ask someone for a very long time. I thought I had your email address to ask you off blog, but I could not find it and feel free to delete this post if you want.
    How do you Watermark your photos? Through WordPress? or I use Google Picasa for my photos through something like that. Your pictures are great, I need a better camera and set up but still I should watermark my photos. If you could let me know how it would be a great help. you can email if you want at mcw1961@gmail.com.

    • Hi Mitchell,
      I have a myriad of email addresses in use; growingmyfood@gmail dot com is connected to this account. I think it is posted on my gravitar profile. I use photoshop to watermark my images. Several years back I had someone post my pictures on their flickr page, not cool! Ever since then I’ve been very diligent about marking my work, even if the photo is not the best. I also encrypt my information in the image in case someone crops out the watermark. Gotta cover all your bases!

  4. Hi Danielle,
    I hate to write this here, feel free to delete if you wish, I have not written to you in a long time now I did have your email and cannot for the life of me find it now. Since Word Press has been changing things i find problems creeping up. Like with your posts I used to comment and then my name would appear on the comment if you clicked on it, it would take you to my blog. well now no matter what I do it just takes you to that blasted Gravatar, which has no blog info, or link at all. Do you know anything about this? or how I can fix it.?
    Heritage Basket Studio

    ps. I am trying this, i went to the 3rd box took out the daggon gravatar thing and put my blog address in, now see sine I will have to hit send then that will be the fix. Thank for your help Danielle.

  5. I’m a beginner garden…I’m looking forward to your posts!!!

  6. Hello Danielle!

    Love your blog and would like to ask permission to use one of your images (of Aubergine listada de gandia) in our little webshop. We are a very small family company selling heritage seeds in Finland.

    What do you think? Would that be OK?

    All the best!
    Else Leivo
    villi niitty

    • Hello Else,

      Thank you so much for the blog kudos! I don’t have a problem with you using my picture as long as I am given proper photo credit. 🙂 I’ll have to head over to your shop and check out your seed selection! It isn’t even winter and I’m already thinking about my spring planting! If you tell me when you upload the image I can share your site with my readers!

      Have a great evening!

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