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lifestyles Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Age: 57

Residence: Merrifield

Do you volunteer: “I am a Crow Wing County Master Gardener and I volunteer with ‘Operation: Grow and Learn’ at the Northland Arboretum. I help plant, grow and weed it and overlook the whole garden. This year we are getting giant pumpkins.”


Why a Master Gardener: “I’ve been a Master Gardener for 12 years and I enjoy everything about it. I enjoy helping kids and teaching them about how food grows and that it doesn’t just come from a grocery store.”

Favorite thing to grow: Basil and tomatoes

Favorite thing to cook: “Italian, especially lasagna.”

Family: Wife, Shari; two children, Halee, 19, and Chris, 16

Upcoming trip: “We’re going to the North Shore to see the fall colors.”

If you were a plant which one would you be and why: “Basil because it is pretty and so aromatic and it adds so much flavor to dishes.”

Bucket list: “Take the family to Alaska.”

Your best outdoor adventure: “Caribou hunting in Quebec a few years back with two of my closest friends. It was fun.”

— Jennifer Stockinger, Staff Writer