RON NORMANand his wife, DANAH FELDMANhave been together for close to 30 years----and as is often the case, and when one cohabitates with another over time, there is a certain amount of the other that gets woven into one’s own tapestry. DANAH FELDMANamongst other things, is horticulturally obsessed----and has been growing and propagating food and ornamentals for over 35 years.Many of the pictures you see in this website are taken from the property that they live----and the landscaping is something that his wife passionately attends to-----and all the buildings you see, have been designed and built by both Ron and his wife.
DANAH FELDMAN is a practicing psychotherapist, as well as an avid gardener. You can find more information about her, and her various ventures at her website www.danahfeldman.com
RON NORMANhas connected with a piece
of his heritage that goes back further than his memory.This new piece for Ron is farming------growing food, as well as
revitalizing the soils.For many years RON
NORMANhauled amendments for the
many gardens that his wife has created and tended, but now he has found an
interest in doing some of this himself.
Ron has taken interest in
plowing up fallow and unused acreage on Lopez Island during the winter months,
to plant in barley or wheat, later in the season. Ron has also become fascinated with
bio-char“…a form of charcoal that is produced by exposing organic waste matter
(such as wood chips, limbs, or old hay) to heat in a low-oxygen environment…”
it is then used to improve soil fertility.A little bio-char adds a great deal of fertility to the soil, and
nourishes the soil for many decades following.
RON NORMAN on his old Massey tractor.
RON on his tractor plowing up a neighbor's field.
CALLA LILIES and LUPINES in bloom in one of the many gardens that are part of RON NORMAN's home property.