Your main contact here at Poppy Corners is me, Elizabeth. I'm a middle-aged mom of two teenagers, and am currently a student in the Landscape Horticulture department of a local college. I've been a nature-lover and gardener all my life, but about five years ago I decided to go full-bore, sheet-mulching the lawn and replacing it with a large kitchen garden and plants for local wildlife. We love to cook and we love to eat, and we especially love to cook, eat, and preserve what we grow here on our land. Over the years I've learned how to garden for native habitat and our local insect populations. I've learned how to keep bees and chickens. I've learned how to improve our soil. I've learned how to work with the local weather limitations in our zone 9b, inland California garden. I continue to learn new things every day; I fail frequently and sometimes I succeed. I'm joined in this adventure by my husband Tom (beer-brewer, hops-grower, pie-maker, jam-and-pickle-preserver, and full-time college administrator), our son Adam (student, foodie and chef, musician and engineer, cancer-survivor), and our daughter Kate (student, artist and performer, chocolate expert, negotiating Asperger's).  Hard-core gardening/farming in the suburbs requires overcoming unique challenges and expectations, but we enjoy that every single day.