Barbara Ganley, Founder and Director
I’m a writer, photographer, teacher, ecological gardener, wildlife habitat restorer and kitchen adventurer. In 2008 I left teaching writing at Middlebury College to open Community Expressions LLC, to assist rural communities in enhancing civic engagement and lifelong learning through storytelling.
In 2010 I established Open View Gardens LLC on sixty-five Vermont acres to encourage healthy eating, community building and inter-cultural understanding through gardening and cooking. Over the past thirty years, I have grown much of my family’s food while experimenting with what can be grown in a Vermont garden and orchard. I design and teach culinary explorations that bring people into contact with cultures and traditions other than their own. I have given talks and workshops and consultations around the world, and write widely about local, slow community, cooking and gardening, and storytelling.
With painter-writer Kate Gridley (see her new blog, Three Tenths of an Acre), I write a seasonal garden-kitchen column for our local newspaper, The Addison Independent, called Patchwork, ManyGardens, Many Kitchens and we are the garden bloggers for Eating Well Magazine.
When I was growing up, my parents had a small but productive garden, (you can find some of those childhood gardening moments on my writings page) and my mother was (still is) an accomplished, innovative cook. I have had a vegetable garden since 1980, some years growing all my family’s food, other years experimenting with the growing zones and my family’s taste preferences (the year I grew almost nothing but broccoli should be forgotten…). I cook as an expression of the sensory arts, to express my love, to celebrate friendship and community. I hang out in the Mediterranean kitchen quite a bit, from Morocco to France, Spain to Lebanon, Italy and Greece, but I also cook into Latin America and Southeast Asia.
And so here you find me, in my garden, my kitchen, at the table, on my computer exchanging stories, teaching and learning, traveling the world. I hope you’ll join these adventures through sampling my wares, taking my classes, engaging me in conversation, having me cook for you, and teaching me what you know about the world through food. Welcome!
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.