Hi! I’m Maria and I’m genuinely happy that you are taking time to look around this site. Thank you!
If you knew me when I was 10 years old, you probably never would have imagined that I would turn into a gardener. I was a lazy, chubby kid who loved to watch TV. I enjoyed the outdoors, but my family didn’t have a garden. It was almost impossible to get me to eat a vegetable — I would select junk food over home cooking whenever I had the chance (ew!).
Everything changed when I got my first job working at a farm market when I was 14. It was there that I learned the different types of fruits and vegetables. I don’t think I even knew what a zucchini was when I first started, and I had to learn different types of potatoes, beans, and squash. I also learned the basics of preparing them — really basic stuff like how to peel a clove of garlic. I love the work, loved the vegetables, and loved working outside. I worked at the farm market and doing landscaping until college, and then went to school for forestry and plant science.
By day, I work professionally gathering up the latest science and making it easier for people to use. Outside of work, I spend as much time as possible outside (usually in the garden, in the woods, or on my bike) and also write when I’m feeling inspired. I’m a Master Gardener volunteer, and one of my volunteer projects is developing demonstration gardens at a local nature retreat.