Wednesday, October 15, 2008


My master's degree is almost finished. After one last meeting with my committee today, I will do a final edit and hand that sucker in.

So now what?

It's been a crazy couple of years out here in California. A lot has changed, but at heart, most things have stayed the same.

I came here with a love of environmental education, but with the aim to concentrate my studies in horticulture research, native plants, and habitat restoration. And I did that, for a while.

But the education side kept creeping back into my life. First with a series of T.A. jobs. Then with the "Kids in the Garden" program. And I've found that I just can't shake it.

So what have the last few years taught me? Above all, I've learned that my heart knows what I want, and my brain tends to get in the way. I've learned to refocus my efforts on environmental education with an eye for garden education and local food/nutrition outreach. The Bay Area leads the country in garden-based education, and I've been doing my best to learn as much as possible before leaving.

And I will be leaving, in about one month. I will be returning to Philadelphia, where I did my undergraduate education, and where M is still living. Philly is fast becoming the next big thing in garden and environmental education and outreach. Plus, I miss it.

I'm currently looking for a job in environmental education (I have one potential, keep your fingers crossed!). But my master plan is to open a community garden and education center in West Philadelphia, where I will be living.

This is a long-term project, and I expect it to progress slowly. But I will take you along for the ride. Thanks for coming this far with me!


Carlene said...

What a great post (and photo!), and congratulations! And yes, please let us know all about your new adventures. You are such an inspiration.


Gentlewhoadie Apt One said...

So proud of you baby. I love you.

Nicole said...

Yay!! You must know how I agree! It's so easy to forget how we already have all of our own answers---we just need to listen! Go get 'em!

sonrie said...

I just discovered your blog and I love what your long term career plan is! I have a similar dream, thought up many years ago, to have a community garden coupled with a community art therapy studio. I will continue to follow your blog.

I, too, am in my final semester of graduate school, and have been handing in drafts of my thesis - I am almost finished too!

Good luck!