When the Wild Oats Garden was closed for a storm drain project, then reopened as the Zaferia Junction Garden, Ken was again first in line to help with the building. He has taught all of us about cover cropping and the intricacies of growing the best sweet corn.
He is an accomplished cook, and his homemade homegrown pickles are legendary. He was in charge of a charity bed for many years, where he organized growing produce for homeless shelters and food banks. He seems to always be in a positive mood, and his many years in the gardens have been drama free.
Ken is of Finnish descent and grew up on a farm in rural Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture, a Master's of Agriculture in Plant Biology, and a Master Gardener Certification.
After graduation he spent a year interning in Finland, growing cut flowers in the Gripans Greenhouse, outside of Helsinki.
Ken will be moving to Menahga, Minnesota, a town of 500, which he describes as the place all Finnish farmers go to retire, to be near family. He will be arriving at the height of the spring planting season. We wish him well.