Master gardeners are a mixed bag, for sure - and am quite partial to uppermiddle class folks (of any hue) who can stand a bunch of volunteers to an adult beverage after a day of do-gooding!
The idea, and this is central, is to get more master gardeners to be engaged in food producing and neighborhood centered projects, and to get more community gardeners to become master gardeners. Your work sounds absolutely lovely and a credit to your trowel. We just need to encourage more folks to follow in your footsteps or explore cloning!
Clinton Community Garden
Subj: RE: [cg] Master Gardeners as a CG resource I am a Master Gardener in Phoenix, Arizona, and am also a student working toward a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling as well as being employed full time. I am using horticultural therapy in my internship with developmentally disabled dually-diagnosed clients in a day treatment center and group homes. I have studied botany and horticulture during my undergraduate program. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru working in agricultural extension with the support of the USDA. I’m also a community garden supporter, and interested in ecopsychology and in healing gardens. (We’ll be building a Medicine Wheel garden at one of the group homes.)
Date: 12/1/03 2:50:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
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In my Master Gardening classes in Phoenix, and other extension classes I’ve taken over the years, I’ve met a variety of people from all walks of life, all colors, all income levels, and with many interests. I wouldn’t put them in the narrow category of white, upper middle class, and they definitely had a range of interests.
Graduate Programs Advisement Coordinator
Ottawa University, Phoenix