About OVG

Established in 2010 in my Vermont kitchen and garden, Open View Gardens LLC seeks to expand our sense of what we grow and eat locally, and to encourage community building by exploring our culinary diversity. Growing food grounds us in the relationships between earth and nourishment; preparing food brings us into relationship with our culture and community; sharing meals brings us into close contact with those gathered at the table with us.   What better way to build healthy inclusive communities than through growing locally and cooking globally?


As a grower of herbs, vegetables and fruits that feature in cuisines from around the world and as a passionate adventurer in the kitchen, I aim to open up our notion of what is local to Vermont and to help build inter-cultural understanding through food adventures. It’s difficult to get a hold of many ingredients in this small state, or to find fresh sources of ingredients used commonly elsewhere but not yet here.   Many things thought “exotic” here grow well in northern gardens–hot peppers, paprika peppers, tomatillos and a host of vegetables and herbs. I offer seedlings in the spring, fresh vegetables and herbs in the summer, and through the long months of fall and winter, foods and recipes from my garden and kitchen, cooking classes, feast-making for groups, and evenings combining cooking, eating and storytelling.

gooseberry tart tonight

Subscribers to the Around-the-World-in-a-Vermont-Kitchen Club (I see it as a CSK, a community-supported kitchen, inspired by such groups as Three Stone Hearth) receive a semi-monthly assortment of ingredients and recipes between October and April as well as background on a particular culture’s cuisine.  For example, September might bring two Moroccan menus, October might follow with Mexican.  I supply subscribers with most of what they need to cook a dinner for four.  Additional ingredients, those easy to access locally, such as meat, dairy and grains, are not supplied, but a list of local sources is included with each delivery. Check out the Ordering and Subscribing Page for more information and a printable brochure of my offerings, classes and services.

For more background on Open View Gardens, read here, and on  my journey to Open View Gardens, read here.  For more on my storytelling work, travel over to Community Expressions, a sister LLC.  And to read my education-based blog (rarely updated now but filled with conversation with some great thinkers on 21st-century learning), turn to my old blog, bgblogging.

Email me with questions and requests at openviewgardens@gmail.com

5 Comments on “About OVG”

  1. May 1, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Best of luck in this endeavour Barbara! I can sense your passion and am excited to see the convergence of your many and varied interests and talents!

    • May 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

      Thanks, Diane. I do so appreciate your kind words–they mean a lot coming from one of my online mentors, and I will push myself to take ever better photos as a result! I’ve gone missing in the photo groups as I have been focusing on taking photos of food and gardens, making them more than illustrations. Interesting, hard, fun!

  2. May 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    I’m so excited to see you back visible on the interwebs, and am glad to hear about your new project.

  3. Suki Fredericks
    May 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    Great website, bg. Add me any and all subscriptions for any and all things/activities you will be doing. Your fan, Suki


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