I began digging in the dirt at my father’s knee, and, at 50-something, I’m still at it. I like the hours, the dress code and the benefits package — fresh air, sunshine, beauty and fantastic food!

I garden on an 80 acre tree farm, but only a couple of those acres are actually yard and garden, thank heavens! While my husband and three nearly grown children can occasionally be coerced into landscaping servitude, I usually do most of the planning, planting and heavy lifting which means, of course, that I take all the credit!

I have a large vegetable garden, an orchard of apples, cherries, pears and plums; strawberries, raspberries and blueberries (yes, I can and freeze a lot!), and slowly developing flower borders so I’m interested in everything and always learning something new.