By Sheryl Normandeau
Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Sheryl Normandeau focuses her blogging efforts on food and recipes, as well as gardening.
"I am currently buried under a mountain of seed catalogs and planning for the upcoming gardening season," she says. "I will start some seeds (leeks, ground cherries) very soon, as our growing season is short here in Calgary." She calls the area's Zone 3a climate as "challenging."
As she is a freelance writer, she always has a few projects in the works. "Much of my work involves writing about gardening topics. I am always looking forward to each new growing season, and I am eager to try new recipes for making jams, jellies, and preserves," Sheryl says.
When asked how she defined the term "homesteader," Sheryl writes, "I always link the words 'homesteading' and 'sustainability' – I think the two go hand-in-hand. From crafting to cooking to gardening to farm and animal management, there is a sense of connection between the past, the present and the future. It is all about long-term planning and action … and (what I like best!) a preservation of skills and knowledge."
Her garden contains mostly vegetables, but she also plans perennial flowers. "I love eating what I’ve invested time to grow – carrots do indeed taste sweeter if they don’t come from a grocery store shelf!"
She lists her country skills as cooking, baking, gardening, canning, needlework, and fishing.
And her philosophy on country life?
"I believe that there is always a way to bring more 'country' to urban living! I am excited to cook, bake and preserve the produce I grow myself, and I’m always seeking to learn new skills and ideas."