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Here's the story behind Plant Based Porch
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Hi, I am Jennifer!
I love growing food, cooking food, eating food, and talking about food. I started Plant Based Porch to share my food love with everyone, including you!
I think plants are delicious
And gorgeous. Discover the beauty in plants grown for food. Share the rainbow of edible flowers, which are also adored by butterflies + hummingbirds and other pollinators.
+ growing food brings joy
There is an unmistakable connection in eating food that's been harvested just moments prior. Share this connection + joy with your family and friends. It's contagious.
I love plants!
After years of exploring agriculture, I decided plants are my one true love. I hope to share this devotion with others, through food and growing food.
Plants astound me--a tiny seed grows a plant that provides food. This is an empowering process to witness. It connects us to generations past; it helps us understand the lifecycle of what sustains us. And it fosters appreciation for the care and work of farmers and field laborers who bring us most of our food.
I can't wait for you to take part in this experience and share it with those around you.
Once upon a time...
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago (Evanston), my food obsession started with an interest in cooking. From there, I was a food blogger + recipe columnist for Martha Stewart.
Next thing I knew, I was growing my own ingredients.
I've worked on farms in rural Iceland, the city garden of Reykjavik, a CSA in Berkeley, a tiny farm in the mountains of Costa Rica, and at various farms in Iowa and Missouri.
In 2013, I launched Clarion Sage, a traditional vegetable CSA. And now, that's evolved to Plant Based Porch!
I also love animals
I never planned to eat a plant-based diet. I loved steak and eggs and cheese and thought vegetarians were probably 'weak'. After working on farms and getting to know cows and sheep and goats, I realized they reminded me a lot of the pet dogs I'd had all my life. I couldn't see any difference between the two, and of course, I would never eat my dog. So, I quietly started to explore vegetarian/vegan diets. Maybe I could get by without eating animal products?
Who doesn't agree that adding more fruits + vegetables to one's diet is probably a good thing, meat eater or not.
Eleven years later, here I am, eating plants, and LOTS of plant-based chocolate chip cookies.