When Nell Wade of SLO Master Gardeners, asked if the Beach Tractors might be interested to speak at a upcoming SLO Master Gardener’s event and meeting, our first thought was: what in the world could a group of novices like us possibly teach this audience on the subject of growing…well anything? We had to remember that our experience had many dimensions, growing things in the ground being just one part.
This past Saturday, John, Kayden and I spoke at a Master Gardeners and Rare Fruit Growers event. There were 105 people in attendance. The meeting took place at the Master Gardeners garden next to the public health department. The garden itself is a cooperative with the University of California and is in its infancy, but already contains a lot of fruits, vegetables, decorative and landscaping plants in two years of operation. There were several students and teachers in attendance as well because today there was a teaching garden workshop where teachers planted and learned how to teach others about gardening. It is a great garden and worth a visit.
It was truly a fun time to share our experience. We casually spoke about what we did and then folks asked questions. Most of the questions had less to do with growing plants and more to do with other parts of the experience. One man was very impressed by Kayden and gave him a banana plant. Nell, the woman who invited us, gave us a huge basket of heirloom tomatoes, grown in the MG garden, to share with our group.
They are excited to have The Beach Tractors present at the regular November monthly Master Gardeners meeting. The Master Gardeners group does a lot of community education and their presentations sound very interesting and I highly recommend attending a meeting, so you can learn more about what they do.