I had the privilege of being a farm girl, growing up on a dairy farm with parents who had a keen love of the land and animals. They instilled in me a strong work ethic, perseverance
and dedication. We worked together as a family to do chores and make the farm a successThere was a trip to the Royal Winter Fair one November when I was in high school. I remember reading a pale green slip of paper “Are You Interested in a Career in Horticulture?”
Call it what you will–I decided that was my calling and I attended the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture. I have never regretted that decision.
Life has been about gardening and milking cows–my happy places.
Gardening provides anticipation and satisfaction in making my corner of the world a beautiful place. I am typically a person who likes to run under the radar and stay in the background away from the limelight. Life can take some twisted turns and detours in its journey. Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.
I never anticipated being a single mom to three daughters, all grown in the same garden but each unique in her own way. There were some trying times, but now is seems that they grew like weeds and too soon they are out making their mark in the world. Hopefully they will forgive me some of my cultivation practices and remember where their roots are. My pride in them is nearly as great as my love.
I continue to be thankful that I can enjoy working in gardens and milking cows, living life in full bloom, firmly rooted in Otonabee-South Monaghan Township.