Mid-Atlantic

December, 2008
Regional Report

Web Finds

Landlovers, Find a Field You Love
Know a young person who has an affinity for plants? This could lead to profitable and rewarding career in the nursery and landscaping business. The Landlovers, Find a Field You Love Web site has up-to-date information for students, parents, and counselors. From arborists to nursery growers to plant propogators, retail plant sales to irrigation systems management to landscape design, the job opportunities are varied. The American Nursery and Landcape Assoc., the American Society for Horticultural Science, John Deere, and the Professional Landscape Network support this site.

Books

Compost and Gardening Humor
Spring Gillard's Diary of a Compost Hotline Operator -- Edible Essays on City Farming (New Society Publishers, 2003 ) is a hoot! Buy all the copies you can find and give them to all your friends. Better moodlifter than Prozac, as they say. Gillard, as compost hotline operator, tells a garden yarn like a great standup comic. For example, from her November 3 diary -- "Worm Connoisseurs -- A woman called the hotline wondering how she should go about "decanting" her worm bin. Naturally, we inquired about the vintage before responding." That's on p. 17. It only gets better.

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