Road-Side Produce Stand Launches a Book, and a Friendship

| 11/2/2010 11:40:21 AM

Tags: In the Garden with Billy, Book Launch Party, Winter Garden, Renea Winchester,

A photo of Renea WinchesterHere in the south, fall is the perfect time to plant what we call a “salad garden.”  Turnip, collard, and mustard greens all thrive in addition to lettuce, radishes and onions. Billy and I especially needed something green in his garden, because during the past year, in addition to helping my seventy-eight-year old farmer friend, I’ve also been writing a book about him.

On October 23, 2010, Little Creek Books released, In the Garden with Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes.

In the Garden with Billy cover 

When searching for the ideal venue to launch the book, I looked no further than the “Little Strip of Land” where our remarkable friendship began.

I can’t give away the plot, but I can say that In the Garden with Billy is not a “How-To” gardening book. Yes, there are a few tips, like how to make homemade wine; however, the most beneficial “How-To” is “How To See People.” I had traveled past Billy’s home for almost ten years and never “saw” him. Simply put, I was too busy.  However, a tiny sign with the words “Baby Goats 4 Sale” was a beacon for my daughter. Her insistence that I allow her to see the baby goats provided the catalyst for our meeting. Billy’s outstretched hand coupled with a bountiful crop of “tow-maders” lead to us returning to his garden as volunteers.

At this point I should mention that the backdrop for In the Garden with Billy is Atlanta Georgia. Billy Albertson operates the last remaining working farm in what used to be farm country. Today, it’s prime real estate. But ya’ll can find that out when you read the book.

11/21/2010 7:37:56 AM

New Friends, Thanks for the comments. Anna, perhaps my next blog will be about the tractor, complete with pics. Great idea. Hope ya'll are enjoying the book. Much love and hugs, Renea

Carolyn Binder
11/19/2010 12:40:43 PM

Hi Renea: Congratulations on the publication of your book! It's funny, I've been following you on Twitter, but didn't realize that you are a GRIT blogger, too! It's a small world. Please say hello to Billy from Cowlick Cottage Farm! Carolyn

11/19/2010 8:13:11 AM

Looks like a great time. I'd love to see some pictures and hear some stories about Billy's Cub tractor that was mentioned !

11/5/2010 3:36:21 PM

Dear Renea A beautiful story from a truly beautiful person. Looking forward to getting my book in a couple of weeks. My family nows calls you "Grandma Tommye's new best friend". Love, Joy and Peace Tommye

Cindy Murphy
11/4/2010 5:11:11 PM

What a lovely post, Renea. It sounds as if your book promises to tell just as lovely a story too. It's amazing the interesting people, and unlikely friendships that develop when we just take the time to reach out and make contact. Congratulations on your book's release. Cindy

Nebraska Dave
11/3/2010 7:28:43 PM

@Renea, what a great post. I’m glad to hear that communities are still being brought together to celebrate life. It’s wonderful to hear about how neighborhoods take the time to know each other. I happen to live in a neighborhood that has that same mentality. It appears that the kick off of your book sales was a great success. I hope to hear more about Life, Love, and tomatoes in future posts. Have a great book sale day.

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