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Meet Mavis, the garden maven

Updated 2:03 PM ET, Fri July 13, 2012
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Mavis Butterfield plans on growing 2,000 pounds of food this year by channeling her inner pilgrim. "I think it would be a hoot to go back in time and be a pilgrim. I mean, think about it, you'd get to wear the same outfit every day, you'd save a ton of money on beauty products, and mealtime would be a snap because you wouldn't have to get in the car and drive to the store." Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
Mavis said she takes pride in preparing homegrown dishes. "Not only is gardening an inexpensive and rewarding hobby, but it's a hobby where I can literately enjoy the fruits of my labor." Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
Mavis said her first cabbage of the season was anything but a disappointment. "Once you harvest your first crop, no matter what the size, you'll start to gain the confidence you need to expand your next garden and to try new things." Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
Mavis plans on growing 2,000 pounds of food this year from her 1.25-acre backyard in Gig Harbor, Washington. "The way I see it, if the pilgrims could do it, so can you. So can anyone." Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
This was the first year Mavis was able to grow broccoli from seed. "I must admit, I danced a minor jig in the garden upon seeing the thriving heads of broccoli." Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
One of Mavis' favorite homegrown meals is roasted cauliflower, which she cooks at 400 degrees for 20 minutes and tosses in olive oil and pepper. Courtesy Mavis Butterfield
Mavis refused to let her overabundance of carrots go to waste, so she dressed up in a pilgrim outfit and handed them out for free. Courtesy Mavis Butterfield