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Essie's thoughts from the garden


These beautiful flowers - called Bachelors Buttons, or cornflowers - are edible too! They taste like . . . flowers. They are faintly sweet like Earl Grey tea.


I never knew that radishes and carrots had flowers. From the flowers come seeds and a new generation of plants that are adapted to this very spot!


This cayenne pepper is so excited to be part of spicy dish that it's curling with joy!

Essie is an ABLE team leader this summer. She graduated from Houghton College this past May and is excited to be at MAP as the summer Farm-to-Table coordinator, meaning she oversees the weekly meal preparations. She is from southeastern PA and loves horses, reading and playing Ultimate Frisbee. Both now and in the future she hopes to work in some way to improve how humans treat the earth.

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