Continuing to spotlight the work of amazing people I’m connecting with on the path, I’m happy to introduce you to Jamie from Gold Feather Gardens who is helping me design and plant my vegetable garden here in Idaho. I had no idea how to plant and prepare in this new climate, and Jamie’s expert guidance and personalized planning will help bring this vision to life. It’s been a delight to collaborate with her. Please read more about her work locally and online consultations available throughout the US via Zoom.
Tell us the creation story of Gold Feather Gardens.
I created Gold Feather Gardens just after the pandemic began. My career in hospitality was on hold, and I saw how the pandemic impacted the gardening industry. So many people were creating gardens and quickly grew frustrated with their challenges. I started GFG to build confidence in kitchen gardeners and help them grow and set up gardens in the best way possible.
What do you feel is the most rewarding part of your work?
My background in local food has allowed me to get to know so many hardworking farmers and chefs. Now, I feel so honored to be invited into people’s homes, to learn about the way they cook for their families and grow food for their community and help them realize those goals.
What inspires you or keeps you hopeful considering our changing environmental conditions and climate emergency?
I truly believe that if everyone planted a garden, even a small one, we’d be on our way to mitigating climate change. Once you start to see where food comes from and how to grow it naturally, it opens your eyes to the robust local food system we have. The stewards of our local food system, the farmers, the growers and the makers are the key to saving our planet. If we can support them, we can find hope.
What is your favorite vegetable and why?
Oh man. This is a tough one. My favorite vegetable is whatever I’m currently eating 🙂 In all seriousness, I love bok choy, heirloom tomatoes, CORN!, shishito peppers … I can’t pick one.
What can a gardener be doing in February to prepare for their future garden?
Early February is a great time to plan out your garden. Whether that’s adding a new bed or starting a whole garden design from scratch, this is when you want to make a plan for the garden season to come. I start planting in my raised beds February 15, so adding compost and creating your planting plan in February is an excellent task.
How can people get in touch with you?
People can follow me on Instagram @GoldFeatherGardens, or send me an email at Jamie@GoldFeatherGardens.com. If they want to read my blog, subscribe to my newsletter or book a consult, they can do all three at www.goldfeathergardens.com
Do you consult with people outside Boise? If not, how can people find someone who offers similar services if they are not in Boise?
I do! I have grown in Chicago, Atlanta and Missouri, so I’m pretty familiar with how to coach people elsewhere. However, I’m also part of a global network of certified garden consultants. If you don’t live in Boise, you can find your nearest garden consultant at gardenary.com/businesses