Renegade gardener Cristina Santiestevan, who lives west of D.C., journals about growing veggies and fruits in, heaven forbid, front yard flower beds. Her homeowners association forbids vegetable gardens in front yards but allows them in the back or side lot areas. Cristina's front yard is sunny, the only spot to grow edibles. Hence, she's an outlaw growing organic veggies incognito. So far she's successfully combined flowers (especially native plants), heirlooms, and veggies so well, her neighbors don't seem to have a clue. Her photos of small wildlife are fascinating. Her writings about this surreptitious suburban venture are thoughtful and engaging. See the real thing at Outlaw Garden.
Scientists and Young Citizen Scientists Collaborating for the Earth
How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming by Lynne Cherry and Gary Braasch (Dawn Publications, 2008. $17.95) contains fascinating two-page stories and telling photos. Cherry writes of scientists as detectives unraveling mysteries and young citizen scientists observing, measuring, and reporting their findings. Frogwatch, Project Budburst, Monarch Watch, Journey North, Toolik Field Station, Student Partners Project in Zhigansk, and Weather Rats are all citizen science projects supporting active research. With awareness, empowerment, and action there is hope. Reading How We Know... provokes and inspires.