After sampling vegan cookies and devouring plant-based street tacos, we discovered the Bloomin' Desert Herb Farm. Randy Gibson explained that in nearby Henderson he and wife, Rosalind, grow over 50 varieties of herbs and edible flowers then use the bounty to create the teas, seasonings and more for sale at local farmers markets. Speaking with wild excitement about transforming his typical suburban driveway into a greenhouse and growing waist high basil, Randy noticed our excitement and kindly obliged the request to visit the farm.
The Plant-Based road has led to San Antonio, Texas to again work temporarily as stadium seat installers. While construction is not our passion, it's a great opportunity to earn money to fund the Wandering Food Pharm, get physically fit, and spread the Plant-Based message to interested workers. The job includes housing in a historic neighborhood just north of downtown. Exploring the new eclectic hood on foot, we were thrilled to discover the River Road Community Garden and popped in on the 3rd Saturday of the month, the activity day, as noted on the garden chalkboard.
At home, navigating plant-based eating can be bumpy. When traveling, the whole foods, plant-based road can be full of potholes. Gearing up for a 5-day, 1700 mile maiden voyage pulling our new trailer, Oatis, meant lots of food prep. Food options would be limited while taking some of the less traveled roads. Gas station “food” options or fast food chains would leave us feeling heavy and tired, so we packed the following plant-based staples for dependable on-the-road sustenance...
In the small town of Cedar Lake, thirty minutes west of the geographical center of Michigan's lower peninsula, the Good News Market & Farm grows fruits and vegetables 'Veganically'. Free from the use of animal products (blood, manures, and bone or fish meals) and using strictly plant-based materials, Veganic farming avoids the potential risks from animal products, like animal-related diseases, contamination, hormones, antibiotics and animal waste run-off.
This urban farm not only feeds the stomachs of the community but also the minds, especially of the young. Linda's garden is creating a ripple effect by getting kids to connect with their food, a very important lesson in today's world where food is prepackaged in a factory, often filled with sugar and chemical additives.