40 something. Resident of Rappahannock County, Virginia, USA, a stunning still-rural area in the Northern Piedmont.

Cooking since I was 9. Believe that local seasonal fresh food, raised in a sustainable manner, is good to eat, good for me (body & soul), good for my family, neighbors, my community – and the world at large.

Gardening is a passion rediscovered in my early 20s when I started to garden seriously – mostly kitchen garden. But no plant is safe…

After 15 years in the corporate world, I moved to the country where I started my business centered around cooking, teaching how to cook fresh seasonal food, sourced locally whenever possible, and how to grow food.

So… you want to take a cooking class that teaches you how to cook from local and seasonal ingredients?  want to learn how to make jam or can? check out the workshop schedule on my web site www.LaughingDuckGardens.com. If you want a custom class, send me an e-mail!

Want an in-home caterer that is committed to use local food grown or raised sustainably and ethically on small family farm and will work with you to provide fully customized menu? I am here for you!


  1. Sylvie you are an inspiration. I’m working on a similar plan on the other coast: growing, cooking and making a living from the soil and good food around me. It doesn’t happen overnight, but seeing you thrive, gives me hope and makes me smile. Brava!

  2. Bonny says:

    Ohhh Ohh Ohhh I have been trying to locate the yellow primrose/cowslip that is in your photos for three years now. My mother grew them in her yard and when she died I was only able to bring down to Madison the sweet red ones that have the same growth habit. Will you tell me where you got those or be willing to trade for some of the red ones?

  3. Sylvie says:

    Hi Bonny, there are some of my favorite flowers, I have them in different shades of yellow, and one hose-in-hose. I started them years ago, from seeds I got either through the American Primrose Society or through the North American Rock Garden Society. Yes, I’d be willing to trade. I’ll e-mail you.

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