Name: Judy DeLorenzo
Occupation: Micro-farmer’s wife, holistic health practitioner, garden foodie, and daycare founder
Place of Residence: Northwest Connecticut - Planting Zone 5
Background and Personal History: Judy and her husband, Jamie, have been walking the organic gardening path together for over 35 years. They built their home, tilled their gardens, planted trees, and started their beloved family in a rural town that most people have never heard of.
Jamie was a “weekend warrior” gardener for many years while working full-time at a phone company. Judy founded a large childcare center in their community so she could be with their growing family but still earn an income.
After the three kids got older, Judy began to pursue her other love: holistic health. She completed a 3-year course in Transformational Energy Healing, studied homeopathy, earned a certificate from eCornell in Whole Foods, Plant-Based Nutrition, and is currently studying herbalism. Her approach as a holistic health practitioner is to carefully look at the complete picture and suggest solutions which promote the person’s innate ability to self-heal and maintain vibrant health.
Judy lives her life with a deep understanding that "we are what we eat" and must treat our bodies with respect by eating pure, whole, super nutritious foods. For more than 35 years Judy has carefully stocked her pantry with only clean and nourishing foods, cooked meals from scratch, and put up the annual harvest so that homegrown food is available year round. She’s full of recipes and inspiration to help one transition to a healthier way of eating.
Current Projects: Judy has been canning, freezing, pickling, and dehydrating, trying to put up this unusually long growing season’s harvest. She’s also in the process of making herbal dream pillows and herbal baby products.
Jamie just recovered their 28-by-60-foot greenhouse by himself (well, Judy helped to pull over the second layer of plastic, but otherwise by himself) — not bad for a 60-something-year-old! He recently planted eight 20-foot rows of garlic and still has 100 lbs of potatoes to dig up and several more bushels of apples to pick before the cold weather really sets in.
Other Fun Facts: Now that Jamie is semi-retired, he continues to expand his multiple vegetable gardens each growing season even though they’re empty nesters. He tells Judy it’s her fault, because she became a vegan a few years back. (But everyone knows it’s because he’s a micro-farmer gone wild!) Playing in the dirt is how Jamie relaxes and what makes him feel good - just as playing in the kitchen brings Judy joy.
They have at least 400 raspberry bushes, an ever-bearing variety that produces from early August through frost. They freeze enough raspberries to make daily smoothies and sell the surplus to New Morning Market. They also grow blueberries and have 20 fruit trees: peaches, pears, apples, paw paws, and figs. Jamie follows Eliot Coleman’s method of growing four seasons in their greenhouse.
More places to find Judy on the web:Room to Grow Community