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I Have Sad News to Share


It is with a heavy heart that I share some sad news with you today. My father (George Neff) passed away suddenly last week.

We were extremely close.

He was such an integral part of all that I do and I have spoken of him so often, that I know some of you may even feel that you knew him.

At 86, Dad was still a full-time nuclear physicist running an engineering firm in the aerospace industry. But he was also an incredible gardener/landscaper who ran circles around the rest of us on our family farmstead.

Seriously…I could hardly keep up with him.

I inherited several traits from my father that impact my work:

  • A deep appreciation for the great outdoors
  • A knack for explaining technical material
  • A green thumb
  • And a love for old Zorro movies

How does Zorro fit in?

They were stories of being courageous despite the odds – which was an ability he had in droves.

A few months ago, I found myself up north at the family farmstead and unable to record my usual podcast.

However, I had my trusty field recorder with me.

On a whim, I decided to walk the property telling the story of the heirloom tree restoration project my Dad and I had been spearheading.

It has been one of my most popular episodes.

This week, there will be no new podcast episode or blog post.

Instead as a tribute to my father, I encourage you to take a moment and listen to Episode 14 – The Farmstead Restoration Project.

Even if you are not a usual podcast listener, I really hope you will listen.

This episode is different. It’s a story.

The farmstead was very special to my Dad and I will continue to carry on his legacy and work to restore the heirloom fruit orchard there.

But I will do so with a huge ache in my heart.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy®. For 9 years, Theresa was the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two sons and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.