I’m Jessica Pendergrass, welcome to my Urban Sacred Garden! This little blogging project was started in February 2011 out of my love for great food, gardening, travel and spiritual pursuits. You can read more about my cooking and gardening class offerings on my personal website, and about my love and vision for food and gardening here. In addition to this blog, I write for local publications, teach cooking classes, develop and test recipes for cookbooks, volunteer as a Master Gardener, and work to implement urban gardens and food resources in my community. My recipes and writing have most recently been published in Southern Living, Kentucky Monthly and Edible Louisville.
By day, I am a corporate attorney working in-house for a software company. But after hours, you can find me wandering the streets on my latest travel adventure, in my kitchen cooking up a tasty meal for friends, or out in my yard prepping for the upcoming gardening season. As I get older
At , I can already say with certainty that I’ve lived an amazingly awesome life. 32, 33, 34
I have an unsettled sense of place and have a tendency to move around a lot. I currently live in Louisville, Kentucky, the state where I’ve spent the majority of my life. I also spent many years in Portland, Oregon and Raleigh, North Carolina, and some time in Europe. While I’m currently based out of Kentucky, I’m traveling about 50% of the year visiting friends and family.
I look for the best of culinary experiences wherever I go and have a great love for local foods, but am fed by culture and travel as much as I am food.
I am so lucky and blessed by wonderful people and the heavenly kismet of circumstances. You can see a few of the fabulous people in my life on this page. When days aren’t as cheery, they’re the people who lift me up and keep me going. They’re my best partners in adventure and my guides through this life. I’ve also been told I’m a sheep dog, as I love herding up my friends into groups of all sorts. (And now I have my very own furry herding dog to help me – see below.)
I host writing groups, book groups and creativity groups at my home. We connect long distance through Skype and if you’re a lucky local member you’re guaranteed a tasty home cooked meal and a bottle of wine.
I recently created the Southern Food Bloggers Community with my online food friends, and am crafting some plans to create broader networking opportunities for this amazing group of writers.
I try to approach life with spiritual purpose and believe I’ve traveled through many lifetimes with the people in my life now. Sometimes you meet another soul for the first time in this life and they are already known to you. We’re all coming back around, helping each other out and fulfilling our karmic contracts.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention I have the cutest cat in the world. Her name is Queen Elizabeth I, just “The Queen” to those who know her. She is a ball of fluffy, purring joy.
She likes to sit in my lap or nap in my office chair while I write to you. Now there is a new dog in the family, too. Burley is a gregarious and loving Australian Shepherd and Bird Dog (maybe English Setter?) mix, at least that is as best as we can tell.
Burley was named after Lord Bur(gh)ley (respelled for simplicity and to match the variety of tobacco grown in Kentucky), Queen Elizabeth I’s most trusted advisor. I can’t say my two are best friends yet, but they are getting to know each other and settling into their mutual space.
I love to hear from you, so please leave comments on my posts and, as always, e-mail me with any questions or comments. I’d love to connect with you!
Wishing you heart filled blessings of love and light, Jes