Welcome to Meaghan Grows!
I share gardening how-tos, recipes, and tutorials while working towards my own permaculture homestead. My hope is this site can teach you something new and help you to make positive changes toward sustainability and control over your consumption. Maybe it can even inspire you to reconnect with the rhythms of nature and get your hands in the soil.
Meaghan Grows started in 2020 to help millennials learn traditional skills that give them power over their food supply and consumption. Because if anyone should be interested in homesteading, food sovereignty and reclaiming agency in the midst of our broken capitalist system, it’s a broke-ass millennial.
“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
I’m Meaghan, the titular person behind Meaghan Grows – gardener, beginning homesteader, recipe developer, writer and photographer.
I was born in Illinois and, minus stints in the UK and Canada, I’m a lifelong Midwesterner. I currently call Ohio home. I’m in zone 6a, gardening in a tiny city backyard. Real tiny: about 5,000 sq. ft. We have two raised beds and a whole mess of containers. if I can grow food, you can too.
When I’m not busy blogging, I’m working on my PhD or hanging out with my dog and partner. I’m so glad you stopped by Meaghan Grows, and I hope you’ll come back and hang out!
About Meaghan Grows
Here, we grow food. we grow knowledge. and we grow ourselves.
This is modern millennial homesteading – We’re serious about sustainability, food sovereignty, ethical consumption and stewarding our relationship to the earth and its creatures. Not much else, though.
What we believe
Evolution hasn’t caught up to the way we live now. People are sick, stressed and unhappy.
I can’t fix that. I’m not here to claim a garden can cure your chronic illness or your need to work three jobs to make ends meet.
This isn’t a return-to-your-roots, self-sufficiency-minded, off-grid homesteading kind of site. I don’t believe you should have to do it all on your own. I believe humans are meant to thrive in community, not out of it.
But we thrive in community with people, animals and plants. So too does community go all the way down to pollinators like carpenter bees and monarchs and funghi like the mycorrhizae that improve soil health.
I believe we have a deep need to stick our hands in the dirt – to find our way back to the garden, nourishing our bodies and our souls.
For something that quite literally nourishes us, why do so few of us relegate space and attention to growing and preparing food? Why are vegetable gardens not the heart of our home landscapes? If we push what nourishes us metaphorically and literally out of sight, what other aspects of are lives are we doing this for too? Likewise, what are we pushing away that we need for our wellbeing? What else deserves to be brought from the margins to the center of our lives?
I’m here to help you find your way back to the garden – for nourishment, for wellbeing, for connection to the rhythms of nature and for joy.
What you’ll find here
- Beginner gardening tips, successes and failures
- Recipes that heal – your body and sometimes just your soul
- Homesteading how-tos for every stage from pipe dream to rolling acreage, without the heavy dose of religion or right-wing individualism
So if you’re interested in anything from a recipe for sourdough pizza to a how to set up a composting system to beginner gardening tips, stay a while. You’re my people. You don’t need a farm or a graduate degree to get started.
Here, we’re growing a deeper connection to our foodshed, a respect for how we nourish our bodies and the land and, always, an over-the-top love for plants.
Come grow with me!