Arwen Norman comes to Meerkerk after spending the last eight seasons on vegetable farms in Western Washington. Originally from the suburbs of Portland, OR, Arwen came up to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in Biology with a focus on ecology.
While in school, she helped with marine ecology research on the Olympic Peninsula and in Willapa Bay, and was a student leader in the early days of the UW Farm. After graduation, Arwen started learning about farming via internships. She came to Whidbey Island three years ago to farm with a friend and fellow ecologist at SkyRoot Farm in Clinton.
Arwen loves plants and has been gardening since elementary school. Many of the memories of the first house she lived in are of the garden, including the hedge of rhododendrons that grew along the garage. She is fascinated by the range of rhododendron shapes and sizes on display at Meerkerk and excited to learn more about rhododendrons in a goat-free environment (the rhododendrons outside her window at home are on probation because of the farm goats).
Though most of her recent
necessarily been on crop plants she has maintained an interest in flowers and other ornamentals, including keeping a portable lily garden in pots that she could move from farm to farm. Arwen is looking forward to seeing all the seasons at Meerkerk Gardens.
Please join the Staff and Board in welcoming Arwen to the Meerkerk team!