Bob is past president of the Santa Fe Master Gardener Association and a life-long educator. After graduating from Cornell Univ. he joined the Peace Corps and taught science for three years in Malaysia. Following that he continued working and traveling in Japan, Hong Kong, India and Europe.
In the mid-‘70’s he returned to the States, got his Masters at Miami University (Ohio) and taught High School Biology and Environmental Science in Oxford and Cincinnati. He retired in 2004 and later moved to Santa Fe at which time he became involved with the Santa Fe Master Gardener program. He also raises chickens in their own adobe “casita” and has three top bar beehives. Gardening has always been an important part of his life and he enjoys sharing that enthusiasm with others.
Laurie McGrath has been a Master Gardener for nearly 20 years. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sociology and worked in marketing and public relations in San Francisco and as Director of the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association in Sonoma County. While living in northern California Laurie became a Certified Master Gardener, served on the Sonoma County Master Gardeners board of directors and was part of the design team for the Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) campus in Santa Rosa, CA.