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A Message from Stephen

Stephen B Steward

Stephen B Steward inspirational gospel artist

Raised on a farm in Smithville, Mississippi, my family learned all about organic freshness. When a horticulturalist sampled our soil, it was classified as Sandy Loam—one of the best soils for growing all types of vegetables. And so, we started growing all types of vegetables, ranging from tomatoes, to corn, to okra, to peas, to beans, to cabbage and peanuts. We even grew and sold cotton, soybeans, and wheat.

Once our farm really started to take off, we cleared more land and started growing watermelon and cantaloupe, which did amazingly well in the sandy loam. The melons and other crops did so well that we always has plenty to share with our family, friends, and neighbors.But with success comes scavengers, and we spent some nights chasing raccoons and even humans out of the corn patch. The growing and the protecting was difficult work at times, but it brought us together as a family.

Stephen and his avocado tree

Stephen and his avocado tree

When I left Mississippi and moved to California in 1983, I met Onesha, fell in love, and got married. We knew immediately that we wanted to find a home that had enough yard for a thriving garden—perhaps not as large as the farm where I was raised, but large enough for a variety of crops.

That’s when we found a magnificent property in Southern California, where we designed and built our own garden plot. This garden still has a great yield every year, bringing us plenty of strawberries, grapes, banana peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots and so many other fruits and vegetables. Because we are lucky enough to live in California, where the growing season is basically year round, we also get an excellent winter crop of mustard, turnips, spinach, and collard greens.

Organic Grapes

Stephen after picking grapes from his mini vineyard

Gardening is not just a hobby for me, it is my therapy, where I go as much as possible to get relief from the stress of life. The quiet of the garden and the plants themselves provide the perfect place for talking to God and even writing songs. While I dig my hands into the soil, I hear melodies and inspiring words from the Lord. For this reason, I always have a pen and paper close.

I had eleven siblings growing up—growing our own food was a necessity. It is still a necessity now and remains the best way to get fresh, organic fruit and vegetables on our table. This blog is intended to help others start and maintain their organic gardens. Comment and share your organic inspirations. I would love to hear from you!

4 Comments

  1. Wow, Stephen grows organic vegetables and fruits in his garden. How does he find the time? Tell us how to prepare for the next planting season. I am inspired to plant mustard greens and okra. Maybe, I will plant herbs too.

    • Wow such an inspiration! This is a testament of planting and reaping. Just doesn’t stop with that but to know how God gives Stephen beautiful music to give to us while in his garden. God is so awesome!

      • Hi Lydia
        Isn’t the concept of sowing and reaping awesome? It is amazing how 1 seed can be so fruitful. Try counting the number of kernels on a cob! Yes, my garden is where He speaks, I listen, and write.

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    • Hi Organic 41
      Spending time in my garden is my therapy. It’s my R&R so I make the time at least 3-4 days a week. I hope you enjoyed the collard and mustard greens article. Another will post in another week that I think you will enjoy, especially if you have an interest in herbs. Once you see it, I hope you will take the next step in putting your green thumb to work and share with everyone 🙂

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