The plants are growing in our greenhouses with the hope of sinking roots into the warm soil of backyards and gardens. We must move forward, knowing that hope lies in the soil and the lengthening and warming days. It was 17 degrees below zero in Ely, Minnesota this morning and ice still covers our lakes as scattered fisherman elect to ice-olate, drilling their fishing holes at least six feet apart. But the season is changing, bringing with it the same hopes and anticipation that spring always brings. We are of the soil and we must sink our fingers into the earth and plant a new season.
There are many facets of production in a greenhouse. Karin Egdorf, who has worked for Glacial Ridge Growers for eight years knows all the odd and intricate things that need to get done.
Whether it is keeping tabs on all of the native seedling plugs throughout the summer, transplanting the really odd and interesting things, or swinging a hammer to construct needed improvements, Karin is our ‘master of eclecticism.’ She loves the greenhouse and revels in the new and interesting, putting a “green” touch on those native ginseng seeds to get them to germinate, and rooting those special cuttings to produce some very unique plants.
Of course, Karin is a gardener, having a special love for delphiniums. She even likens herself to the native Spotted Beebalm which just keeps on blooming in a very unique and wonderful way.
Karin is another one of our employees, inspiring hope and optimism each day, helping to string us all together into a plant team.
The technical needs for running a greenhouse operation are many and varied. Whether it is plumbing, fixing greenhouse structures, or preparing the things needed to get transplanting done, someone needs to cover those bases. Cory Walsh, this week’s employee focus, is our ‘Jack of All Trades,’ doing the many varied jobs around the greenhouse.
Cory has been with Glacial Ridge Grows for three years. He enjoys the variety of the work and especially enjoys seeing the crop develop from seed to bloom. Cory has a spirit of patience and calmness, possibly linked to raising six children.
Like our other employees Cory is an avid gardener and plant lover. His plant interests involve bonsai, growing his own vegetables and herbs, and having native plants in his yard. His special favorites are Maximillian Sunflower and New England Asters.
We appreciate Cory’s versatility as he helps us connect all the many dots involved in plant production.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..