Alfred Reed Bishop and Doris William Butler

The picture above is the very tap root of Bishop's Homegrown/Face Of The Earth Seed. My grandparents shortly after moving to Pekin Indiana from Greensburg KY in 1947 where they purchased the farm that is now Bishop's Homegrown. This picture was taken in Pekin in front of the old co-op next to the old railroad depot, neither of which exist today.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Lots of stuff going on.......sometimes winter is much needed!

At least in the realm of the internet. Sometimes we all need a break to keep up with our online duties (right, duties my ass, this is a privelege that I love!)

Anyhow, as stated earlier here this blog will be updated much more often this winter and defintely next spring. I have made my self a solemn promise to better document my means, methods, and ways in all of my ventures, I think it is important both for myself and for those who like to read gardening blogs on rainy days, of course there is the off chance that someone who can ignore my constant lack of grammatical skills and misspellings might be able to glean something useful from what I write, or at least find my work interesting; one can hope.

The elections were today, as Forrest Gump would say; "That's all I've got to say about that." I'm out regardless of outcome.

You might notice that there will be a lot of new links to other blogs and sites of interest around the net on the right side of your screen, please feel free to check those out, I highly encourage it. Many of the links are to blogs owned by members of our message boards at When I talked to my good friend Michael the other day we both agreed, it seems like it is finally taking off and reaching critical mass and it looks as though we are creating a terrific alternative to the everyday gardening web-sites. I love that there is very little drama there and everyone can behave as an adult, it makes moderation very easy.

Hey, don't forget that if you live around Washington County Indiana you can stop by or call the farm anytime and order fresh winter produce all through those dreary cold, dark, damp months, something about eating greens, tomatoes, and strawberries in the winter just makes it seem like the sun shines a little more. 1-812-967-2073 or (scroll down for more information) Please pass this info on to local residents.

I'm planning on doing a bit of writing once this last bit of Indian Summer is over (freaking 70 degrees in Southern Indian in November is awesome), among the topics I will cover are "Composting as Alchemy 101", Jeffersonian Alpine Strawberries, Experiments in Fowl Husbandry and many more!

Don't forget, you can still request our unique Hip-Gnosis Seed Development seeds, just scroll down a few posts and you will see the offers. I'll soon be doing some work to including adding my archived articles along with a collection of articles that I have written for the Lost River Market and Deli over the past year, and other relevant information (like a complete seed list, descriptions, and pictures).

Damn it man! Sometimes I'm just lazy!

Your Friend,
Alan Reed Bishop


Ottawa Gardener said...

We're having the same freaky weather. I think they said the high was 17 degrees today? This follows the snow we had last week.

I concur that the Homegrown Goodness forum is a nice alternative to the usual gardening forum in that it focuses on edible / useful plants and self sustainabiliy. There is also a great crowd there. I'm glad Mike clued me in to it.

Rebsie Fairholm said...

You have a lot of useful and interesting stuff to say, Alan, so go ahead and share it with us.

You do great work on the farm and on the internet.

I'm glad you've put up a picture of yourself too ... it's always good to put a face to the name.

Bishops Homegrown said...

The weather here was very nice again today, hence my absence from the Homegrown Goodness forum and this blog until 12:22 A.M. I am particularly proud of the forum, I think we can and will accomplish many great things there and our short list of accomplishments at the moment is absolutely staggering. Thanks for your support ottawa gardener.

Rebsie, thanks for the words of encouragement, I'm just now finding my writing skills again after a long and stressful growing season, I'm going to try to make writing a more self healing and informative experience and make it a habit. I need to keep better documentation of my work and promote my business more anyhow, so if I can do it all together I think that is the way to go. I too enjoy reading your blog and ottawa gardeners as well.

Glad you enjoyed the picture of "manbearpig" I'm going to try to take a better one at some point in time, I don't normally maintain a beard but as I told my fiance it is my penance for having a crappy gardening year and year for the business, I shall not shave off the shrub on my face until next spring! LOL.