Who would have thought that a year ago I would be involved with such a great project, and even writing about it to an audience outside of my usual social circle?
Learning about different approaches by following other participants has been great, its been good to be able to take on board ideas and to share a few of my own, also to be able to question your own approach and make notes for 'how I would do things next time'.
I've recently been following a number of young horticultural students (@teamhort) in the UK, who have made great leaps in promoting the industry to other young people and being inspirational to us oldies. It seems fitting that as well as being supportive of what they are doing, that I should find myself involved with a project that is being run by another young person on the other side of the Atlantic to where I live.
Ive found as a teacher, that I learn so much from young people, that just because I am older, it does not mean that I know more. On the contrary, as an older person, I certainly have the passion and interest, but certainly not the horticultural qualification. The inspiration and engagement that I have had with young horticulturalists this year alone, both sides of the Atlantic, has been such that I am now looking into the possibilities of going back to college to get qualified in this field.
Garden Connect, as well as providing a concrete growing experience, the opportunity to expand my social circle and build a network of like minded friends, is also one of the contributing elements that may, over the next year, bring about the next chapter of my working life.