STARTING 10 CONTINUOUS YEARS
It was mid-spring when a small group of Master Gardeners discussed the possibility of approaching the Advocate about offering a gardening column to the public for educational purposes.
Contacts were made, numerous meetings were held, a vote was taken and a contract was signed. On that July 3, "The Gardeners' Dirt" began its weekly journey that is now beginning a decade of continuous publication - completely free to the public.
It has been published with authentic and never-repeated articles written by 115 different authors and edited by this editor-in-chief for 470 continuous weeks, short of two weeks when there was a threatening hurricane evacuation for our area.
It reaches potentially 94,000 plus readers in 12 area counties every Friday, according to industry standards, with all articles from inception available 24/7 and archived at vcmga.org.
The column proudly claims statewide recognition each time it has been entered in competition, garnering all first and second place awards. Perhaps the proudest accolade to date was when the Advocate dedicated an editorial printing that commended the column and its long-time editor-in-chief for it being one of the most educational contributions to the newspaper and the community as a whole.
Victoria County Master Gardeners celebrate its successes and our pride in it by voting this past week to, once again, provide it to you into what begins a "Decade of 'The Dirt.'"