January 3rd, 2007
I want to work with plants. I’d love to take a grunt job at a nursery, but we can’t afford the pay I’d receive. I’d also love to take some horticulture and landscape design classes, open my own landscape design business, but Chet says we won’t be in a financial position to do that for a very long time. Sigh. How did I end up stuck in a career I hate, straight out of college? And why am I being told it’s too late now to change my mind?
Daily Life Affirmation:
I have a roof over my head and a warm bed to sleep in each night.
Daily Job Affirmation:
After yesterday, it doesn't deserve one.
(this probably defeats the purpose)
Current Mood: annoyed
hence the reason for me not continuing with a horticulture degree...
There is a nursery out here called Daryll's (it's one of my favorites). Sarah volunteers out there on Saturdays (and sometimes during the week when things are slow) and Daryll gives her "points" that she can redeem for plants, etc. Perhaps that is something to look into. I know Daryll's isn't the only nursery that does that sort of thing. It's a way of expanding their work force without having to bring anyone on the pay role. You might call around and find out who is open for volunteers. You might even call Daryll's.
that's a cool idea, but it still leaves me with a full time job in chemistry. i need to find an actual job that will pay enough that i can get out of this horrible industry, and into something i enjoy doing.
Well, it's a start, a way to learn about the nursery industry and see if that is something you'd actually like full time. Then maybe down the road you could parlay that into owning a nursery. Also, chemistry can be used in the wine industry. Maybe look into the wine classes offered through Chemeketa. The head wine maker at Cherry Hill out here was also a chemist and went through what you're going through. He went back and took classes in viticulture and is now working at someone else's winery, but is making a really good living. We should go out and meet with him. You could pick his brain, maybe job shadow or volunteer out there and see if that is something you'd be interested in. He's really nice. His name is Chris Luby. The website is: http://www.cherryhillwinery.com/
i would absolutely love to meet with him. i was thinking a winery might be kinda fun, so this would be a really neat opportunity.
We'll have to plan a wine tasting, etc. That's a really fun winery too. I give him a call when I'm not incoherent with fever. :)