Amanda Smith and her family live in Ripley County. She works full time, owns a small business and runs Real Food Southeastern Indiana.
She and her family have been avid gardeners for many years. Growing and preserving healthy, home grown, real food of all kinds.
They loved harvesting, preserving and sharing what they grew with family, friends and neighbors.
One year, in addition to their usual wagons full of tomatoes, corn and just about any other garden vegetable you could think of, they harvested over 200 pounds of potatoes by hand!
They kept a flock of backyard chickens for several years.
And they had some very nice flower gardens as well.
But things begin to change and in 2010. First Amanda and then a couple years later, her husband, developed some physical problems that made tending a big garden impossible.
So today, the family keeps a small plot. And Amanda goes to farm stores, farmers markets and roadside stands in search of healthy, real, local food to replace some of things they are no longer able to grow themselves.