Richmond/El Sobrante Area Harvest Leader
I grew up in Southern California, and currently live in El Sobrante. I have university degrees in Biology, Geology and Business. I worked for many years in the water treatment industry.
I have been successfully growing things since I was a boy. I am interested in fruits and vegetables and am learning more about plants in this area at every opportunity. I am learning what grows well, what is easy and what is difficult to grow. I am also focused on sustainability and on firesafe landscaping.
I harvest seeds from vegetables and herbs that I have had success with and propagate them again the following year. I focus on heirlooms and hard to find varieties. I preserve vegetables and make jams and jellies.
In parallel with my gardening my cooking skills have improved, and I have learned to use spices and herbs to my advantage.
I am currently enrolled in the UC Master Gardener Program, a 10-week volunteer program offered through the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources and UC Extension.
I have lived in Chicago, Dallas, and Tampa. I lived in Mexico and traveled to Central and South America. I have traveled to Europe, the South Pacific, Japan, and China.
I am an enthusiastic member of Contra Costa Fruit Rescue and fully support their mission.