Posted by: cindydyer | November 18, 2009

Young Master Gardener Wins Make-a-Wish Gift

I met Lucas West, the youngest Master Gardener that I have ever met, in the summer of 2009. He came to a summer garden party, environmental film and a tour of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat, in Shell Lake, Wisconsin. He was so thoughtful and came bearing a gift of plant slips for each attendee.

On 7 November 2009, Rochelle Becker and I drove to his farm in Turtle Lake. Make-a-Wish Foundation volunteers, family and community gathered to surprise Lucas with a dedication of his greenhouse—a gift from Make-a-Wish Foundation. We all enjoyed touring the farm as well as his pumpkins and squash and refreshments.

Tom West, Lucas’ father, said, “Lucas is unusual. Most kids with a life-threatening illness express an interest in going to Disney World. Not Lucas. He wanted a greenhouse.” Happy Tonics gifted him with native amaranth seed and Hidatsa beans, along with their Indigenous history. Lucas had mentioned this past summer that he wanted to experiment with growing native seed.

Here’s to an extraordinary young man—congratulations, Lucas!

Photo of Lucas’ greenhouse and cat pumpkin by Mary Ellen Ryall



  1. Hi Cindy, Thanks for getting this posted.

    Happy weekend, ME

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