My yard sits near an embankment that used to service the Pennsyvania Raildroad.  Cannon balls, horse shoes from George Washington times, and then coal were unearthed along with unrecognizable debris in unexpected colors. Needless to say, the garden was installed vertically along the fence because of environmental concerns. It produced fresh, organic, pesticide free, non genetically modified dinners. The garden became a turning point when it opened up installation into my visual arts practice for the first time. It occurred to me that years of paintings, prints, and drawings had been about environmental systems for many years.  During the Gallery Aferro Residency of 2013, I began making installations that blend together art, horticulture, and sustainable technologies.