Jennifer took a horticultural technician course 12 years ago, which she never finished, (much like her fine arts degree.) Completion of the program was imminent upon completion of a pesticide applicators test, and her landscape design project, both of which she did not want to complete, but being against pesticides seems a nobler reason for dropping out. So we'll go with that. Since then she has worked at a couple organic farms, and a couple different groundskeeper jobs, but largely her education and experience only provided her with minimum wage jobs that she got laid off from every winter. So it has been 10 years since she has worked in the gardening industry at all. Now she works at a lovely educational toy store while homeschooling her 9 year old son, and killing houseplants. She has decided to offset the growing cost of food by growing as much of her own as possible. She will be doing this on her back patio in containers,and in a community garden plot that she is very excited about getting. It should also be mentioned that Jennifer lives on Vancouver Island, which is a zone 8.