GRAND Magazine - April 2009 - (Page 20)

cover story Lettuce love you By DeBra Lynn DaDD photography By mark WempLe E 20 GRAND APRIL Farming for the g’kids arly morning at gateway organic Farm in Clearwater, Florida: Neat rows of vegetables—some ready to be harvested and others newly planted—sparkle as drops of dew catch the first sunbeams. There is a calm over all, despite the condos and trailers and Section 8 rental housing just over the fences of this “farm in the hood” . The farm is the home of Hank and Pamela Sindlinger and their two grandchildren, Steven, 12, and Stephanie, 10. For the past two years, the Sindlingers— all four of them—have been growing organic vegetables and herbs on this 100- by 1,388-foot sliver of land. Though the farm is only 3.19 acres, Gateway supplies a weekly basket of fresh organic produce to 116 families, subscribers of its sold-out Community Supported Agriculture program, as well as produce to the area’s gourmet restaurants. Local chefs are among the volunteers who show up to help them clear the land and plant seedlings . Seven of those chefs recently hosted a five-course fundraising dinner served in the greenhouse (appetizers were offered in the field). In 2000 Hank was a national sales manager in the printed circuit board industry, making a six-figure salary while traveling around the country. He and Pamela had a big, beautiful house in Atlanta, where she had a tutoring business. 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - April 2009

GRAND Magazine - April 2009
GRAND Central
Editor's Podcast
Lettuce Love You
Bewitched, Betwixt and Tween
Ask Grand: The Toxic Mom
The Breakfast Club
Sibling Boosters
Will They Be Misfits?
A Return to Elegance
What Makes Us Sick? A Quiz
GRAND Finale

GRAND Magazine - April 2009