The concept for Seedly is firmly rooted in our love for gardening and our excitement about helping people start growing their own food. To provide the best advice, tips and resources possible, we knew that we’d have to have a real knock out gardener on our side. Someone who really knows their stuff and is able to help others get to know their stuff in a very digestible, step-at-a-time way.
So who the hank would fill those big gardening clogs? Well, that would be Cheri Schweitzer, a woman who’s accredited up the wazoo and has been gardening since her hands were big enough to hold miniature trowels:
I’m a proud Wisconsin girl and love living in the friendly and picturesque Midwest. I like to say that I’m a farmer’s granddaughter…having spent many days and summers at my grandparents farm in Pardeeville, WI. Both of my parents loved vegetable and flower gardening and they had me digging in the dirt as quick as I could hold the mini tools they bought for me.
In college, I was talked out of environmental science by my college counselor due to the lack of potential jobs at the time. Instead, I went on to get a degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters in Molecular Biology.
In 2007, I became a certified Master Gardener through the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program. Some of my current volunteer hours include maintaining the gardens outside the City County Building that houses the offices of the Madison Mayor and Dane County Executive.
In 2011, I wrote and was awarded a grant from the Madison Area Master Gardener’s Association (MAMGA) to create two food pantry gardens. Located at Monona Community Gardens, the plots produced a spring and summer bounty that was shared entirely with the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church food pantry guests. The pantry feeds over 9000 families a year!
In 2012, I’ll serve on the MAMGA grant committee to decide who will receive this year’s grants.
I live with my husband in our 115 year-old Victorian surrounded by the trees and perennial/ vegetable gardens that we’ve created together. I’m so excited to be a part of Seedly!