As a program assistant for one of Oregon's most enriching courses, the Master Gardener Program, Beret teaches a variety of individuals about the wonders of the Earth -- from the ins and outs of compost, to natural pest management to native plant growth, Beret covers a wide breadth of gardening-related information. She also just loves the feeling of working in the dirt! More photos below:
Beret Halverson grew up tending her Grandmother's garden on summer visits in Montana, and later studied ethno-botany and eastern religion in Vermont and South India. She's just completing her masters in Public Administration with the hope of bringing gardening to more schools and neighborhoods in need of green space in which to grow food. Beret is a natural teacher, with an expertise in making gardening information accessible to a diverse population.
The Master Gardener Program Beret assists in coordinating a 12 week course dedicated to teaching people the art and science of growing plants. The topics covered include gardening with children, seniors and people with disabilities, water quality protection, composting and integrated pest management. The master gardeners must complete about 60-70 hours of volunteer experience during their first year as a master gardener. Many teachers are able to have their school sponsor their participation in this course (held on Saturdays), then that teacher will implement their knowledge with a gardening program for students within their school.