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Contact Us - Meet the Founders

Llyn, with pie pumpkins 2012
Chris Burns











 Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns 
"Sharing Gardens" Coordinators
664 Orchard St.
Monroe, OR 97456
(541) 847-8797
ShareInJoy@gmail.com

"Home" for 3 and a half years. Main trailer on right. Guest room and storage on left.
In the Spring of 2009, at the same time we were getting the Alpine "Sharing Gardens" started, we decided to seriously downsize. We were spending about $800/month on rent and utilities (not to mention all the other costs of running a household). Our house was way too big for our needs and we felt disheartened at seeing all that rent money being spent for nothing tangible that could grow in any meaningful way. We put up some posters around town advertising for a new place to live. The first people to respond had the perfect situation: An 8' x 40' travel trailer - hooked up to plumbing, sewer, and electricity, in a little grove of trees overlooking 400 acres of farmland. It was a place we could rent for a small fee and several hours a month of work-trade. Free from the stress of meeting such a big monthly financial obligation we could slow down our pace of living and devote our energies to the "Sharing Gardens" and other service projects.
Our home as of Dec. 2012
We lived in that trailer for the first four seasons of the project and in Fall of 2012 we were given the opportunity to move into a 5-bedroom house, rent free. This allows us to continue focusing our energies on growing food to share, instead of working at regular jobs. The new house is within walking distance of the Monroe gardens which means we spend less money on gas for transportation.

We live a simple life. We rise early and spend time with our spiritual studies; acknowledging all we have to be grateful for, getting quiet inside so we can listen for guidance. Most mornings we choose a simple project, preferring to get one or two things accomplished without haste or pressure, rather than facing a huge list of tasks that can never all get done in the time allotted. On any given day, we may not get much done but, like the Tortoise, we find that - "Slow and steady wins the race." Reflecting back we can see just how much we have accomplished unaccompanied by the sense of hurry and pressure that so many people experience, engaged in the usual busy, modern lifestyle. Afternoons usually include a nap, or at least a rest-time; a pause before taking on an afternoon project, going for a walk, computer-time or other household maintenance tasks. We have no TV but do enjoy watching DVD's on our lap-top as a way to unwind in the evenings.

Chris cutting up apples for applesauce. Vegetable juice cooling on railing.
We are ovo-lacto vegetarians, eating plant-foods, eggs and dairy products, all 'organic' - whenever possible. This is not a religion for us but we notice we feel better eating this way and know it helps us live lighter on the planet (and easier on the pocket-book!) Through the "Sharing Gardens" we are able to grow a high percentage of our food. Mid-August through Thanksgiving are the busiest times for us as we convert the harvest into stored goods that will see us through to next year's garden-season. In Autumn we also fill our pantry with gleaned fruits and nuts and wild mushrooms foraged in the woods near our home. We keep our two food-dehydrators going almost non-stop during this time and 'can' a variety of foods and juices.
Llyn with cabbage - now that's a lot of cole slaw!
We are committed to the 2013 gardening season but are available to groups in other places who need mentorship in starting their own "Sharing Gardens". We would like to attract others who share our values and vision to join us in community here or, once the gardening season is over, we could imagine moving to another location if it met certain criteria.
These times we're living in are calling for people to develop the many basic skills our grandparents took for granted: growing and storing food, repairing things instead of just getting new ones, making and mending clothes and taking care of each other in a spirit of family, "neighborhood" and community. We would like to create a welcoming home/school where people could teach and learn these kinds of skills and develop friendships based on the meaningful exchange of information and service. Do you happen to know of such a place? We'd like to hear from you.

Painting by Steve Songer
Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns
"Sharing Gardens" Coordinators
664 Orchard St.
Monroe, OR 97456
(541) 847-8797
ShareInJoy@gmail.com
www.thesharinggardens.blogspot.com/
Sharing Gardens - Mission Statement

The "Sharing Gardens" are a creative collaboration of Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns. Llyn’s background is in education, communication, and organizing of all kinds: volunteers, personal- and work-spaces. Chris has 40+ years of organic gardening experience, he's a jack-of-all-trades and the father of three grown children.

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