My name is Mary Holm, host of Prairie Yard & Garden on Pioneer Public TV. I grew up on a farm near Strasburg, North Dakota which was on the prairie grasslands of south-central North Dakota.
On our farm, we were the perfect example of locally grown food before that even became a phrase or movement. We milked cows for milk and cream, plus raised beef cattle, hogs and chickens for meat and eggs. We had a huge garden near a well for irrigation, a huge potato patch in one field, a sweet corn and pumpkin patch in another field and another smaller garden next to the hay field. That garden was a perfect place to grab a melon, crack it over a fence post and enjoy a sweet treat between hay loads coming in to be unloaded. My fun time was spent walking or riding horses on the prairie, loving the beauty of those plants.
My college roommate was a horticulture major, so between the two of us, the dorm room window sill was covered in plants. I can’t remember a time that I have not loved plants and nature and now I’ve owned a greenhouse complex for over 20 years with my husband.