Oct 26th, 2016 by mikethegardener
This Week on Vegetable Gardening
In this week's episode you will absolutely fall in love with our special guest. She is filled with spirit, spunk and is loaded with a great deal of garden planning knowledge. Mike chats with Joy Kieffer, a #1 best selling author for garden planning, to talk about the hows, whens, whys and whats of garden planning.
Joy will also fill us in on her life mission to help those in need through her non-profit called Lifewerks. You will hear how Joy and her husband feed nearly 600 families in need each month, restocked a public library with thousands of books through donations, and so much more.
This and so much more on this week's episode of Vegetable Gardening!
In This Episode, Here's What We'll Cover
- All about Joy
- Garden planning
- What you should be recording
- The amount of time it takes to become a master garden planner
- How Joy and her husband feed 600 families
- Joy's journey to restock a public library that was running out of books
Items Mentioned in this Podcast
About This Week's Guest Joy Kieffer
I began as a landscape artist and my experience grew to include surface design, sculpture, mold making, illustration and portraiture. My art work has been applied to ceramic tile, dinnerware, lighting, and gift ware. For a few years I painted portraits of professional athletes and met many while attending shows, spending hours sitting next to them while my husband chatted with their wives! At one point I produced a line of ceramic and cold cast designs. My Christmas angel ornaments were used by the White House as special gifts in 1994. I’m currently adding to a series of paintings meant to be displayed in churches.
I was the co-founder and Senior Editor for the student publication J.A.M. Magazine (under Lifewerks, Inc.) from 1997-2000.
With a background in the print industry, and my art and writing interests as well as knowledge in the field of horticulture/gardening, I realized that it was time to combine all these into a garden journal. The Garden Journal, Planner & Log Book is the result and is featured on the Books and Writing Page. There will be several log books in the Garden Journal series, including log books for wildlife sightings. I am also working on a mystery series for young adults.
I’m a church-planting pastor’s wife and mother of two young adult daughters, and co-founder of Lifewerks, Inc., a non-profit. In my role as MSC Missionary I use art to teach and reach people for Christ, teaming up with groups such as mission teams to do outreach events and do real ministry. Our family lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.
I grew up in rural Indiana, and is to this day am a farm girl at heart, losing the battle for control in my urban garden as often as I do with art, writing, parenting or pastor’s wifing.
About the Host
Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person: A Guide to Vegetable Gardening for the Rest of Us as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. Be sure to listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast, as he interviews the gardening industry's leading experts. You can also read gardening articles from Mike on his blog at AveragePersonGardening.com/blog