Introducing Flora’s Forum: A New Group Gardening Blog from Greenwoman Magazine


I started this personal blog, Greenwoman Zine, to chronicle my experience creating Greenwoman Magazine. It’s been a year now, issue #3 is in the works, and it’s time to add a new dimension. While I’ll still keep posting in Greenwoman Zine (there will always be plenty to share about growing a magazine), for a long time I’ve dreamed of a better, more diverse, more encompassing-of-the-garden-arts blog for Greenwoman.

It’s here today and I’m happy to introduce Flora’s Forum.

Flora’s Forum is about the art of gardening in all its forms–poetry, essays, art, cartoons, photographs, commentary, and much more. It’s also about what we care about most today–the environment, sustainability, better food (and health), a  life lived thoughtfully. It’ll be the group effort of talented writers, artists and activists, some that that you already know and love through Greenwoman Magazine as well as an introduction to new voices and perspectives.

I am excited about this new venture and what it will produce.

I invite you to follow our Forum today.

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Seed Swap Time! Crestone Exchange

It’s starting not to surprise me when I hear that someone’s seen Greenwoman in places where I haven’t personally sent it– in, say, the Carnegie library in Pittsburgh, Philadephia, or in Lake George, Colorado (population 2,114–this sighting related to me by a fellow writer some months ago at Author Fest).

The magazine has traveled now from coast to coast, and to cities at the southern and northern borders of the U.S.  During the holidays I sent a box to Alaska and a big envelope of all the zines and both issues of the magazine to a nurse named Amanda in Wales, UK. We had a great time corresponding.  Still, I was surprised when Jeff WishMer, who works at the Cho ku rei Farm Store in Crestone, Colorado (population 73 in 2000) called a few weeks ago asking about placing an ad. He said he saw a copy of the magazine at the Elephant Cloud Teashop and asked if we could publish something about an upcoming seed exchange.

This took me aback. Jeff saw Greenwoman Magazine at the Elephant Cloud Teashop (check out the link for the namesake very cool elephant-shaped cloud), liked it, and contacted me?

We could do it, I said, but it’d be too late for the February event. We’d just published Issue #2 and Issue #3 wasn’t scheduled until the end of May.

We chatted and I told him I’d try to get something in a blog post.

I LOVE seed exchanges (and plant exchanges, and the homemade food/beauty products/fresh eggs/goats’ milk/sundries swaps that Pikes Peak Community Cupboard started in our community last year). Swaps are just amazing, fun, community-connecting events. Seed exchanges are especially noteworthy because many of the swapped seeds are from plants grown in your unique climate that have happily reproduced and are now genetically more suitable for your particular growing conditions. Locally adapted, locally grown, successful.  And future offspring of those seeds will be even more suited to your climate.

A win-win-win…

Here’s Jeff’s flyer. It looks fun! If you know of anyone in the neighborhood, please let them know.  Thanks!

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The Second Issue – You’ll Love It!

Our Winter 2011/Spring 2012 Issue is Everything You've Dreamed About in a Garden Writing Magazine - and More!

She’s here! The second baby. (Greenwoman Issue #2!)

Let me tell you I am one tired mama now. Exhausted, but proud. Proud that I have created something beautiful for you–the readers.

You know how you hear the second baby is easier? Not so with this one. Everything seemed to take longer and require more attention. More editing; more new writers; more pages! Zora and I promoted our keesters off all summer and fall; I decided to court another columnist at the very last minute (please join us, Crunchy Betty–we love you!); we didn’t get the cover we wanted until the third try; and, overall, we decided to take on parts of the magazine that others had done before  so we’d truly know the ins and outs of everything and be closer to 100% self-sufficiency.

And we got our very first intern! (That quickly added side dish on our overflowing plates, turned out to be the coolest. Kathleen (we call her Kathy Rose) Lindemann was THE perfect intern–a woman of experience who knows how to be adaptable and quick on her feet, and who put up with our newness, our craziness and my ADD with no problem. I really worried that I wouldn’t be able to do the internship justice–but I believe she may have gotten one of the best small magazine internships–ever. : )

Still, for Zora (a full-time student at CU Boulder) and I, diving into issue #2 and everything that entails being a full-fledged publication was more stress than any two women should have to handle.

The result? As most new mamas who have experienced difficult gestations will attest–the work, the sleepless nights, the worry–was all well worth it.

Better yet, I know you’re going to love it!

I am tickled. I am in LOVE with this issue! You will notice the magazine is more refined design-wise on the interior than the first issue (thank you, most brilliant friend and editor Cheri Colburn); the stories are of the highest quality and run the gamut of emotions from tears, to joy, to laughter to . . . (yes, indeedy!) sexiness. While issue #1 was top notch presenting a variety of talented writers and artists, I was able to find an even greater number of excellent contributors this time around.  

Here’s what we’ve created for your pleasure and education:

1. A brilliant short biography about the American scientist George Washington Carver. I “discovered” Dr. Carver’s story years ago through Rackham Holt’s excellent 1943 biography and fell head-over-heels. (Author Cheri Coburn can back this up as she got to read my used bookstore copy–obsessively marked with dozens and dozens of sticky notes, torn envelopes, and whatever else was handy.) Ever since I read about Dr. Carver I have longed to help get his story out there in the world. With this issue I realized that dream. Cheri Colburn’s tribute is crafted with keen intelligence, humor, and love that makes it a must-read for anyone interested in American biographies, botany, food, spirituality, or just the awe-inspiring inventive potential of the human race.

2. Humorist Michael A. Stusser is back with a charming story about a neighbor (a little girl named Brooke) who wants to start a garden club–and will not take “no” for an answer.

3. We were very happy to debut Allison Johnson’s creative nonfiction piece  “Naked Tomatoes,” a touching, tenderly wrought story about love and loss–and canning tomatoes.

4. This issue features our brand-spanking-new “Crunchy Betty” column (subtitle: “you have food on your face”). Health and beauty author Leslie Martin’s first witty column explores this magnificent gift from the bees and poses “The Honey Challenge.”

5. “Rare Breed,” a story about a former Marlboro Man-turned- “the man who saved American poultry”–by the extraordinary cookbook author and former New York Times food columnist Molly O’Neill.

5. Fabulous columns by our regulars: slow living guru/sometimes punk rocker Dan Murphy writes about “Creating Simplicity”; our slightly-erotic “Sex in the Garden” writer Elisabeth Kinsey explores the heady and voluptuous rose; and DB Rudin’s “The Creature Feature” introduces us to the coolness which is the lowly beetle.

6. And more–much more! More stories, poetry, art, and a few delectable bits of botanical humor.

To take a closer look and excerpts from Issue #2, check out our website. (Look under “Current Issue” for excerpts). There you can purchase the issue, a subscription (get it now–Issue #3 is going to ROCK), or read the entire magazine on-line (our greenest version) for a mere $3.95.

The perfect Christmas present for you (you know you deserve it)–or your very best gardening buddy.

Support independent, anything-but-cookie-cutter publishing today and send for our pretty baby (only $12.50 for two issues!)  now.

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Thumbs Up from the Great Spaghetti

What's Black & White & Approves of Greenwoman Magazine all Over?

No, not the Great Spaghetti Monster, silly–Randy Spaghetti, who has a rockin’ blog, Life and Zine Reviews. I sent him the first issue of Greenwoman Magazine a while back and was happy to hear that he posted a very complimentary review this week.

For those of you who do not know what zines are, in brief, they are self-published magazines (zine is an abbreviation of that word). But they’re  more, much more, than that–they are the fruit of a dynamic subculture of people who dig the independent press and feel that if you want to get your thoughts, your work, and your art out there, just D.I.Y.! (Do It Yourself!) I love them. Zines gave me the start I needed with this magazine–they provided me with a taste of doing it (all) myself, getting my work (and the work of talented contributors) out there, connecting with other like-minded people, seeing that it was possible to chart my own life course.

Zines are also very cool and I encourage you to try a few out. Just check out some of the titles recently reviewed by Spaghetti: Martha Stewart’s Prison Reader of Blather & Malarky (Issue #1), Upheaval (#14), Monkey Squad One (#7), Thank You Zine (#2) and Kung Fu Grip (#5). The titles alone are almost worth the price of admission into these fun, plucky, smart, sometimes great, sometimes not-so-great, always genuine and sometimes deliciously subversive worlds.

If you want to do something really unique and possibly life-altering for Christmas, make a pledge not to buy the usual corporate mass-produced crap (made in foreign sweatshops by the multi-national-corporation one percenters and then shipped across the ocean wasting oil) and instead support some artists/writers/Americans who are truly thinking outside of the box.

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What’s In a Tradename?

While there have been many (oh, so many) cool things going on with the magazine, and I hope to share those tidbits more regularly now, one of the best things that has happened of late is getting the Greenwoman name trademarked.

"It's just so beautiful!" she (okay, I) said.

This took eight months, several hundred dollars, online “paperwork” (not a lot), a few e-mails ironing out details and then . . . here it is.

My feelings about trademarks and the like (ownership of ideas in particular) is mixed. I’m a friend of capitalism but I also see its dark side (we’re pretty much living that dark side on a daily basis these days). I’m open on sharing creative work and I have a giving, versus grabbing-for-myself/everything’s-about-money nature. Heck, one of my all-time favorite songs is “Give it Away” by the RHCP (which I’ll point out is mainly about selflessness, not sex). One of my heroes is artist/plantsman/inventor George Washington Carver who said this about his ideas:  “God gave them to me. How can I sell them to someone else?”

There’s been a lot of information available these days that shows the more open you are with sharing your creative work (hence, getting it “out there”) the more you will ultimately profit. To me, that makes sense. 

My reaction when I got this document in the mail? Pure delight! The heading “United States of America Patent and Trademark Office” filled me with a wholesome patriotic pride and a feeling of connection to a strong tradition of American ideas and industry. It also brought a realness, a legitimacy to my many long months of toil. Now, I thought, I can put that little capital “R” with the circle after Greenwoman. I can claim ownership of this creative idea I’ve made happen. I can join the ranks of others who have trademarked their magazine names.

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Grace, Tammi & Diana

On the latest round of reviews I first heard from Grace Peterson, a writer and gardener from Western Oregon. I was happy when she agreed to review Greenwoman and you’ll see why if you visit her blog; this is a woman of exemplary gardening taste, knowledge, skills and passion. The pictures of her garden will likely leave you, as they did me, in a state of awestruck admiration.

Though inundated with her own gardening tasks at this time of year (aren’t we all?) she took the time to share her thoughts on Issue #1.

Grace was a little surprised to discover that that the magazine, in spite of its title, was not just “by women, nor is it strictly written for women.” After sampling Dan Murphy’s invitational essay, “Informed Simplicity,” and then Bruce Holland Rogers’ fiction, “A Human Birth,” she noted that Greenwoman was not only not about how-to–it wasn’t even necessarily about gardening: “. . . I realized that this was a periodical loathe to box itself in or stoop to cliché. The topics would be familiar but the twists and turns would be unique because the human experience is unique. Garden thievery would be confessed along with a voyeuristic take on the praying mantis. We’d get a chance to hover over the history of seed saving; delve into the workings of a mysterious marijuana dispensary and peek over the fence of a backyard full of chickens and children.”

Grace ends her review by commenting on a quote from Greenwoman‘s last page essay, ‘Top Dressing,’ in which I write about gardening and community: “. . . ‘It matters not whether you are fortunate enough to have a vacant plot to donate for a community garden or just an extra pass-along plant to give to a friend. Sharing is what it’s about, making those connections that feed us all.’ “

The final Grace note: “This is the impetus for Sandra’s endeavor. If you are of a similar mind, Greenwoman is for you.”

Thank, you, Grace!

These last weeks have been: busy ( Zora and I have promoted Greenwoman at a screening of Vanishing of the Bees, at another fun food swap hosted by Pikes Peak Community Cupboard and downtown at the Colorado Farm and Art Market–and, as mentioned, the vegetable harvest is in full swing), nerve-wracking (a good friend of mine, Denise Washington, had surgery–she’s doing great, thank goodness), and, finally, infuriating (our city’s utility company is attempting to put my family in an 11k financial strangle-hold as we try to reconnect utilities at our property next door–which we’ve worked on all summer long to make into a home for Zora as she goes to college and a Greenwoman Magazine office). Because of all this, when I received a subscription from author Tammi Hartung, it came as only a fleeting delight.  I knew Tammi was an expert on herbs and heritage vegetables and had an organic farm in Cañon City, Colorado, but with everything going on, I had almost no time to wonder–where had she heard about the magazine?

I soon found out. After receiving Issue #1, Tammi wrote me that she had subscribed after reading Diana Capen’s post . Diana, with her partner Merrilee Barnett,  is the owner of my all-time favorite nursery located in Rye, Colorado, Perennial Favorites.

I learned about this charming rural nursery as a new gardener many years ago. After a first visit it became a spring ritual for me to take at least one friend (and usually a couple of kids) down to Rye. With the sweet spring backdrop of the San Isabel mountains, we’d  have a picnic lunch at the nursery and joyously return home with a trunk-full of green treasure. I especially loved this nursery because of the affordable  2 1/2″ pots. For someone like me (highly curious, kind of greedy, of modest means) it was perfect. And there were even SHRUBS in 2 1/2″ pots! I bought my ‘Carol Mackie’ daphne as a wee babe and countless other drought-tolerant perennials, herbs and shrubs. Though I loved everything–natives, antique and Canadian roses, berries, trees and annuals, my favorite indulgence was Perennial Favorites’ wonderful selection of herbs. I first found lemon verbena there (a treat that became a necessity), bay laurel, Cuban oregano, showy oregano (‘Kent Beauty’ back when it was the latest), bronze fennel, Greek oregano (the real stuff, hot and spicy with white flowers), French tarragon (never Russian)–all wonderous and hard-to-find plants a decade ago. The ladies also turned me on to ‘Sungold’ tomatoes, which I will be forever grateful.

More than just the owners of my favorite nursery, Diana and Merrilee have been friends. They’ve always been supportive of my writing work and Zora had fun last summer helping them out for a few Saturdays at the Old Colorado City Farmers Market. So it didn’t surprise me to learn from Tammi that Diana had also written something about Greenwoman #1.

Here’s her review in its entirety, short and sweet, titled “Summertime Reading”:

“Do you have time to read about gardening in the summer, or are you too busy with your actual garden to sit in the shade with something cool to drink and a book or magazine on your lap? If so, give yourself a break. After the monsoons started, I decided to take a little time off and catch up with the books and magazines I’ve been stacking in the corner since March. I started with Greenwoman Magazine. This new journal is unlike any other gardening magazine out there– it contains fiction, nonfiction, poems, art, and interviews. It’s less how-to and more why not? To be honest, I wasn’t sure I really wanted fiction in a gardening magazine…but my favorite part in this first issue is the short story A Human Birth by Bruce Holland Rogers. I know something is good when I can’t stop thinking about it, when I want to tell all my gardening friends to read it, so here I am saying ‘read it.’ ”

To Diana I want to say, “You wrote this on August 5th and didn’t even tell me!” (Thank you.)

Tammi read the review, ordered the magazine and then wrote her own review last week.

Then Diana was the first to alert me to Tammi’s post. Isn’t it beautiful how we look out for one another?

Here’s what Tammi Hartung wrote (also in its entirety) on her Desert Canyon Farm blog:

“. . . Oh, before I get too far distracted, I want to mention this fantastic new garden literary magazine I discovered last week, thanks to my friend Diana of Perennial Favorites. The magazine is called GREENWOMAN MAGAZINE and it will thrill you to your very essence!!! Find out more about it at greenwomanmagazine.com . The line of contributors is extensive and includes Maureen Fry (who has a great poem called Men at Work), Dan Murphy (who writes about Informed Simplicity), and Bill McDorman and Stephen Thomas (writing about Seeds of Sustainability). The artwork is fun and inspiring too.

I think this magazine will be one of the best gifts 2011 has given humanity and I’m absolutely serious about this. I hope you will check it out. When I did that, I clicked immediately on the subscription button and signed myself up. Now for those of you who know me, you will know this is significant because I have a very strict rule about not purchasing anything over the internet. This was one of my very very few exceptions to that rule, in fact, I think it may be the only exception I’ve made to date in this regards. I hope you will check it out.”

This high praise left me humbled and happy–and eager to make the next issue just as noteworthy.

Thank you, Tammi.

Though the trials keep coming and life’s never easy, I hugged myself with gratitude four times these last weeks, three times for these heartfelt, generous reviews and a fourth time, the biggest one, with thankfulness that a friend was well.

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“Flower Man, Your Head’s Above the Rest”

Wildflowers: Gorgeous, Low Maintenance, Food & Habitat for Wildlife--What's Not to Love? (Photo from Broad View Wildflower Seed website)

I “met” the owner of Broad View Wildflower Seed a couple of weeks ago when he wrote me an email inquiry about advertising in the magazine. We worked something out, he bought a subscription, and I sent him the first issue.
 
Here’s the note I received a week later:

“Thank you for the magazine and nice card you sent. The Grant Woods type cover is great, I love the farm pitch fork and attire. This magazine, some of the story forms reminded me of a 1970-1971 underground newspaper in USA. Also, articles are aimed at higher intelligence; definitely college smart readers or those aspiring to be. Most refreshing to read these articles. I said, ‘ Ok, go back and identify which was your favorite.’ Yet, I could not be boxed in and deny parts I liked. So I said, ‘This one is my favorite poem.’ This one is my favorite garden-garden story.’ This one my favorite political opinion review. Thank you for this magazine. I will take it this weekend to the Gay library in Des Moines. I will tell others about your creation and how wonderful, do read it.” –John C., Broad View Wildflower Seed, 428 Hamilton Ave., Grinnell, Iowa 50112 

John gave me permission to post his note and this morning I visited his website. I learned a little about him (he grew up on a farm, is a former school teacher and did two tours with the Peace Corps in Africa), the history of his family (his ancestors built a sod house on the prairie in 1838) and how he got into the wildflower business (he’s always loved gardening and nature and after a formal garden in a wild setting near a pond had trouble he decided to try wildflowers). With wildflowers he found his bliss–vivid colors, butterflies he had not seen since he was a youngster, a wild paradise. Now he sells  seed that is native the tall wild grass prairies of Iowa and Illinois.

One of the perks of being a magazine editor is learning about your readers.

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Weedwoman’s Garden

Obviously not tidied up for your visit. Sheet metal behind shed, red garbage can in front of shed, power cord (we’re doing a lot of non-gardening projects this summer) and half-full bag of potting soil that’s been out on the picnic table for weeks. Oh, yes, and the ubiquitous weeds.)
If a picture’s worth a thousand words, these may give an idea of how it’s been this year, starting a new magazine. While the garden is rarely picture-perfect some things have really gone to hell, and that’s okay.
 
Yes, it is ironic that my magazine is a garden writing magazine and this is the state of things this year, the worst it’s ever been. All I say is please consider the shoemaker’s children. 
 
Thanks, Amy Stewart of Garden Rant  for being the inspiration to let it all hang out today. I got the camera, ran outside and documented the chaos. I feel much better.
 

The back view, just as shocking. I did try pouring boiling water on a few weeds (a.k.a. purslane crop) in the bricks, once, but didn't have the heart to continue. Besides, it didn't work very well. I've hand pulled and used a hoe a few times, then gave up.

 

Oh, it looks a little better up close! Self-seeded blue mist spirea, wild sunflowers, clary sage, Hopi Red Dye, lamb's ear . . . hmmm, actually Mother Nature planted everything but the snapdragons.

 
 

Self-seeded morning glories, rose, ornamental bathtub cabbage (hastily added two weeks ago), weeds, random tomato cages, misc. junque, etc.

 
 

Welcome to the JUNGLE, Baby! If you're not a weed, or a blue mist spirea, or Virginia creeper, you're probably gonna die... This was a very sweet red sandstone gravel path, now it's Honey Bee & Weed Alley--not necessarily a bad thing.

The lovely thing about gardening is that you can always make a pledge to do better next year.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Week 4 – Magazines to NYC, Another Great Review

We'll All Party When We REALLY Have Something to Celebrate (But thanks for the wine, Paul, I loved that handmade label and decoration.)

 
This week I’ve sent out dozens more magazines to reviewers, subscribers and others, corresponded with an award-winning author and some terrific artists and poets, rubbed elbows with a whole lot of sustainability-minded locals at a fun potluck in an amazing garden and found another way to get some great submissions for the next issue. I also sent my very first shipment of 175 magazines to a NYC-based magazine distributorship (after spending most of one day making a flyer and getting the paperwork together) . . . AND, I had another great review published in our local daily paper.
 
It may sound like life’s easy, things are going swell. Yes and no. I continue to work harder than I’ve ever worked before in my life and yet there’s no significant money coming in. Meanwhile, money is spent at a steady pace. A few subscriptions, an order for my zines, all causes for optimism but nothing big enough to warrant a victory celebration. The order with the distributor is promising, but the fact remains that magazines sold by distributors net their publishers only pennies on the dollar.
 
Because of the reality of publishing (Larry Stebbins wrote me today that “a fine soup takes time”–bless you, Larry) my dream of a launch party, something I’d looked forward to for months, has been put on hold indefinitely. Partly because I don’t have the time to plan and prepare, but mainly because I need to put all my resources into promoting this issue and creating the next. Here’s another part of my grandiose scheme–I want to offer all writers and artists something monetary in addition to free copies of the magazine. It may not be a lot (it can’t be unless I get a lot of subscriptions, and remember, I’ve received no salary) but it’s going to be something. I can’t honor that ideal scheme AND blow a few hundred dollars on a party. And, really, what’s more important? One afternoon’s fun, or making sure this magazine is successful for everyone? It’s clear to me.
 
(I celebrate every day, anyway.)
 
And now for something lighter and brighter. The article below came out Wednesday in our local paper, the Gazette. It was written by Food Editor Teresa Farney, whom I have been lucky enough to get to know this summer. We met at one of Pikes Peak Community Cupboard’s food & homemade goods swap parties and I was soon invited to be a guest on her highly entertaining and educational radio show, Table Talk. Then she chose to do a feature story on my endeavor.
 
Farney’s a lovely and amazing woman, and here’s her story on Greenwoman Magazine:
 

Winding path: Gardening, fiction passions take writer on journey beneath the soil.

by TERESA FARNEY

Do you like to prop up in bed and flip through seed catalogs, looking for vegetable varieties to try in your garden? If so, you’ll want to add one more publication to the stack on your bedside table: Greenwoman Magazine. But this is not another seed catalog. Rather, it’s a unique garden magazine, subtitled, “A Literary Garden of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Commentary, Biography, Art and Comics.”

It’s the brainchild of Sandra Knauf, the editor-in-chief, who lives in Old Colorado City and is self-publishing the magazine. In her editor’s letter, she writes, “I started the magazine for one reason — I believe in the transformative power of connecting with nature. Like you, I make this connection through gardening.”

When she discovered garden writing, a genre she had not known existed, she decided to become as close to an expert as possible. She signed up for the Colorado State University Master Gardener course.

“On the first day of class I introduced myself and said I was ‘taking the course because I wanted to learn everything I could about gardening and I wanted to be a garden writer,’ ” she emailed.

It was not long before she gained significant notice for her writing. She won first place in the 2000 Pikes Peak Writers Conference in the Creative Nonfiction category for her story “The Chicken Chronicles,” a memoir based on her backyard chicken experience.

“This was the first story I had written as a garden writer,” she said.

But, for Knauf, like so many before her, the self-publishing journey has been a long one — starting with a seed of desire to be a published writer. She was interested in spreading her passion about gardening, sustainability and the environment.

“I read Ariel Gore’s book, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead, and her point was to find a way to be published, even if you have to do it yourself — like the DIY (do-it-yourself) trend,” she said. Then she stumbled onto a way.

“I was in The Leechpit, talking to Adam Leech, telling him I’d like to get my writing out,” she said. “He suggested doing it with zines.”

The Leechpit, owned by Adam Leech, is on North Nevada Avenue and specializes in vintage memorabilia collections.

Haven’t heard of zines before?

“They came from the punk rock movement,” Knauf explained. “They were free fan magazines that were left on seats at concerts. They did not have any commercials, which appealed to me. The idea has morphed to cover all sorts of topics aside from punk rock.”

Her first zine, Issue No. 1 of Greenwoman, was printed in May of 2008 on mostly recycled paper and tied together with jute twine. Six zines are in Knauf’s collection, covering honeybees, backyard chickens, and flowering and vegetable plants. The zines and her blog, greenwomanzine .com, have helped sprout a growing readership.

“With the success of the zines, I decided to self-publish a full-scale magazine,” she said. “I planned to do two a year at first.”

This first issue has a collection of articles from well-respected authors on raising strawberries and chickens. There are updates on seeds we are planting and sustainable gardening, plus some poetry and fiction to spice up late-night reading.

And, depending on the topic, there will be recipes like the honey recipes that were included in Knauf’s Greenwoman zine issue No. 3. She introduced the recipes with the following explanation:

“One night a few years ago, when I belonged to a garden club, we had a bee-themed meeting. A beekeeper gave a lecture and slide show, and the gardeners brought in recipes made with honey. We shared our recipes and had a contest with prizes. My then-elementary-school-aged daughters helped me make baklava. I can’t remember details about the lecture, but I still remember the thrill when our baklava won first prize! One of the girls chose a prize, a ceramic skep-shaped honey pot. The recipe we used came off the box of phyllo (or filo) dough and it’s pretty standard.

“The second-place winner was honey ice cream, and it was divine.”

The recipes follow.

You won’t find Greenwoman Magazine on the newsstands just yet. But you can find it at http://wwwgreenwomanmagazine.com, or write to Greenwoman Magazine, P.O. Box 6587, Colorado Springs 80934.

HONEY ICE CREAM— Yield: 4 cups

1 vanilla bean

2 cups heavy cream

1 cup milk

2/3 cup lavender honey

Procedure: 1. Split open vanilla bean and scrape seeds into large saucepan. Add the bean. Pour in cream and milk and bring mixture just to boiling. Remove from heat and stir in honey until it dissolves thoroughly. Cover saucepan and let mixture steep about 20 minutes.

2. Once cooled, strain and transfer liquid to a container. Cover container with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour, then churn in an ice cream maker, or freeze in a shallow container, whisking occasionally to break down the ice crystals.

Adapted from a recipe from The Hive — The Story of the Honeybee and Us, by Bee Wilson

BAKLAVA — Yield: 24 servings

BAKLAVA

1 pound chopped walnuts or blanched almonds

1/2 cup sugar

Ground cinnamon and cloves, to taste

1 (16-ounce) package phyllo dough

1 cup melted unsalted butter to brush on filo sheets

SYRUP

1 cup honey

2 cups each water and sugar

A few peels from lemons or oranges, removed with a swivel peeler

1 cinnamon stick

Procedure:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. For the baklava: Grind almonds or walnuts. Combine nuts with sugar and spices; mix well.

3. Brush 11-by-7-by-2-inch baking tray with some of the melted butter.

4. Place two filo sheets on bottom of buttered pan. (Keep a damp towel to cover other sheets while you are assembling.) Spread some of the walnut mixture evenly over leaves. Place two or more filo sheets on top. Again brush with butter and repeat layering process until tray is filled. Place last three filo sheets on top, brush with butter and score top sheets in square or diamond shapes with a pointed knife.

5. Bake 30 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees and bake 45 minutes, or until top becomes golden brown. Let cool.

6. While baklava is cooling, make syrup by combining ingredients in pot and boiling 10 minutes. Allow to cool, then pour syrup over baklava.

Sandra Knauf, Greenwoman zine

(Note: there were a couple of tiny inaccuracies in the story–zines did not originally come from the punk rock movement, although they were a part of the movement and in our first conversation I’d mentioned this to Teresa. Later, at our Table Talk interview, I clarified their origin as being traced to the 1930s-40s sci-fi pulp fiction fans’ self-published review magazines, or “fanzines.” The second item was that while I had spoken with Adam Leech about zines after I created my first one, he wasn’t the one who inspired me to create one. The impetus for self-publishing for me was former-zinester Ariel Gore’s book.)

One more thing . . .
Greenwoman Magazine is now available locally at:
Phelan Gardens
4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918-5043
(719) 574-8058
Stone Path Gardens
3178 W. Colorado Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
(719) 634-0111
Black Cat Books
720 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
(719) 685-1589

 

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“The Writing Nag” Gives Greenwoman Magazine a Green Thumbs Up

Reading Greenwoman Magazine is a beautiful experience.

A charming review of Greenwoman Magazine by Colorado Springs writer/gardener Patricia Kennelly came this weekend.

 Kennelly’s blog is entitled “The Writing Nag” (I love that!).  We connected when I put out a call for garden writers on Facebook who would be willing to read Issue #1 of Greenwoman Magazine and give their honest opinion on what I’d created. Patricia wrote me, along with others from all over the country, but it took me a little to discover–oh, she lives in my city!
 
Reading her post it was interesting to learn we shared similar experiences creating our gardens from scratch over a period of years.
 
But then gardeners are full of similarities–wouldn’t you agree?
 

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