Here’s my latest piece for Natural Awakenings magazine, in which I look at the bright side of “The Curse:”
As a side note related to this article… I am no longer a Florida Master Gardener. My articles for Natural Awakenings have to run through the local Ag. Extension before publication. In the past, this hasn’t been a big deal – though I have rankled over the fact that negative references to evil corporations and herbicides/pesticides have been excised from my articles. However, in this article, I quoted the Bible… when it returned from the Extension, the verses had been snipped.
Editing out negative references to your corporate buddies is one thing; editing out a Scripture quote is another. So far as I know, the Old Testament isn’t illegal yet – whereas Dow AgroSciencese “Grazon” should be.
Fortunately, I’m friends with the publisher of Natural Awakenings. She urged me to go ahead and send my articles directly and say sayonara to the MGs.
Part of me hates to say goodbye. I’m not just leaving because of having my articles edited, I’m also leaving because I don’t have enough time to volunteer – and because Master Gardeners aren’t allowed to say they’re “Master Gardeners” and make a profit at the same time. Now that I own a nursery, that’s a tough restriction. Additionally, I picked up a quantity of new information when I first started, but soon realized that my interests went beyond most of my comrades in the program.
To my friends in the program – thank you for a wonderful couple of years. I enjoyed the friendship, the cuttings, the conversations and the laughs.
I’ll remember you all fondly, even as I voyage out on my own. You’ll do fine without me.