Get to Know Master Gardener Robin Stanley of El Dorado County
08/29/2017 03:42PM ● Published by Style
Robin Stanley has been a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener for 35 years. Though her duties have varied throughout the years, she’s currently their grant writer, does publicity for the Sherwood Demonstration Garden, is an ombudswoman (where she promotes positive communication among members, leadership and staff) and manages the Plant a Row for the Hungry program (a national service project that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate it to local food agencies).
Stanley also coordinates a Christmas giving program for children at her church, volunteers with her husband at the Nomadic Shelter, is a member of Women’s Fund El Dorado, and a board member of the Camino Community Action Committee. “Being involved—in ways big or small—fills me up. I like having a purpose and feeling like people know I’m there for them,” she says.
Years ago, as a new mom, Stanley was looking to learn and meet new people, and as an avid gardener, joined UCCE Master Gardeners of El Dorado County. To earn the title of “Master Gardener,” she trained for 40 hours over 10 weeks and volunteered 50 hours during the first year. The requirements are even more now, but the commitment has always been substantial. “Sharing efforts with like-minded people means you’re surrounded by others who have positive energy for shared interests.”
—Emily Peter // Photos by Dante Fontana
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Travel every chance you get and keep a travel journal.
What comes to you naturally?
Writing and listening.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
What are you most proud of?
My son. At his wedding, about 20 people lined up to say how much he had done for them and how special he and his wife are to them. I was in tears. I’m also proud that people know they can tell me anything and it will be kept confidential.
Favorite humanitarian cause?
Locally, supporting the Nomadic Shelter, which houses the homeless at various churches during the winter. Globally, Direct Relief, because they have a 100-percent rating from Charity Navigator for the global disaster work they do.
Pacific Grove or any coast
Papa Murphy’s “Tuesday Special”
Meal in town
Hot Chelelo from Bricks Eats and Drinks
El Dorado Trail
Harold and Maude