Aunt Jen was a woman ahead of her time. She was organic gardening and composting in the 1950's, raising huge quantities of gigantic vegetables. It was not unusual for her to grow 6 pound tomatoes on the 6 foot tall trellises that her husband, Arnold, would build in the back yard.
She was sometimes known as "the bird lady" by the children in the neighborhood. She had the ability to raise wild song bird chicks found out of their nests to maturity. They would return to her back porch in the Spring and leave again for winter migration. She was also skillful at other wild life rescue and often we all went to the Detroit Zoo to bring animals that she had hand fed to maturity that would live their lives on the Zoo grounds, too tame to be released into the woods.