- Author: Margaret J O'Neill
This month's UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Spotlight is on Dee Denton. She is new to our team here in
-Maggie O'Neill, UCCE San Bernardino County Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Tell us a little about yourself Dee:
In 2017 my family found themselves with more fruit than we could eat or share. This city girl found herself wanting to learn about food preservation and found the Master Food Preserver program. I was accepted into the program and was certified that very year. I started preserving a ton of stuff – almost anything I could get access to. I jumped into my volunteer commitment even before I graduated the program and was so excited to talk about the skills I was learning. I felt so empowered that I was learning skills that would help my family one day.
Why did you decide to be a MG?
I joined the Master Gardeners so I could learn best practices and researched based information to ensure the best outcome from growing food for my family. I want to make sure that I teach my younger family members how to be self-reliant - growing and preserving food is a great place to start. I want to make sure they have the skills they need to leaders and a contributing member of their community.
What are your gardening passions?
I want to have a garden that is plentiful. I want to grow items that I may not normally purchase in a store or farmers market. I want to make sure that I teach my younger family members how to be self-reliant and growing food is pretty important. I want to make sure they have the skills they need to be productive.
What is a tidbit or two you've learned as a MG that the public reading our newsletter could gain from?
I have learned that the gardening education is there if you want it. If you have any issues, you can reach out the volunteer staffed hotline for advise and they will get back to you with your options to address your issue. Talk about an EASY button….
What advice would you give someone considering becoming a UCCE MG?
Join the volunteers in San Bernardino to make a change! I know what you are thinking - Public speaking is not for me. Let me tell you something – I FAILED speech in college and now I am excited to get up in front of a group and share with others everything I have learned. This program needs dedicated people to make changes, people just like YOU! There is lots to do, so don't let public speaking stop you from making a difference.