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Preserving Family Tradition

When I think about my parents’ hobbies and special interests, what comes to mind first was dad’s vegetable garden and mom’s canning.  The gardening always started in the early Spring by tilling the soil with compost.  It always included plum and Big Boy tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, and a variety of squash, etc.  Our parents taught us the proper caring and work ethic required to assure a good crop.  Here is a picture of dad showing off his harvest.  We always looked for odd shaped fruit, and you may notice a strange-looking eggplant. 🙂


Our family tradition continues with Jenna learning the importance and responsibility for always knowing the source of our food and the importance of sustainability.


Our family tradition of canning or preserving is a legacy as well. It was always a treat to have fresh Jersey tomato gravy throughout the winter.  Pictured below are a few of my mom’s relish and pepper jars that were kept as a reminder of this tradition.


Today, Jeff is preserving the legacy by creating Heirloom seed libraries.  He has also taken an active role against GMOs in our food supply, while Joe is preserving mom’s legacy through his work in his church, often making meals for large groups of kids.

2 comments on “Preserving Family Tradition

  1. briank925
    February 3, 2015

    It is interesting how real our impact is on one another. Looking at your photographs, they could have been taken the same year. All of those colorful veggies. It is as if Uncle Joe could step right into the frame next to Jenna.

    Just goes to show you that you don’t need a school house and chalk to be a teacher.

    Leaving your mark on family (through sharing and experiences) is the ultimate gesture of love, is it not?

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  2. joanl777
    February 3, 2015

    I remember the garden very well. Your dad was a master at growing veggies.

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