Just like the life forms below the surface, volunteers work in symbiotic harmony
By Margaret Milner
The volunteer gardeners at the Green & Gold Community Garden, on the University of Alberta South Campus, are making plans for our fifteenth gardening season! The garden is an initiative of the University’s School of Public Health and Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. The garden is totally volunteer-run and we have benefitted from the generosity of many supporters through donations.
When Lawrence Brendel was young, he was fascinated by coins, but not just with coins as a measure of value; he was curious about the metals they were made from, the gold, silver, copper and more. He pursued that interest through apprenticeships as a goldsmith with several jewellers in Edmonton, learning the art and craft of cutting, filing, hammering, turning, spinning, bending and casting gold. In 1990, he joined Forest of Jewels, which at the time was in Heritage Mall and, not long after, he and his wife Janet bought the business.