Step Two: Identify a Gardener to Interview

Saltonstall and Lloyd

Greenspace volunteer Adeli D. spoke about caring for the Saltonstall and Lloyd community garden in New Haven, Connecticut, in a story from the New Haven Urban Resources Initiative. Photo by Rich Press.

This step can also be done at home. 

The gardener can be a family member, neighbor, teacher, or other adult. They can also be a peer, with permission from the teacher and the gardener’s parents or guardians. If you have trouble identifying a gardener, contact local garden clubs and community gardens to see if any members would like to participate in an interview. Once you have each selected a gardener to interview, schedule an appointment with the person to conduct the interview.  

Next, do some background research so you can go into the interview feeling prepared. What can you find out about the time period they grew up in? Did any major historical events take place? What was their neighborhood like ten or twenty or thirty years ago? If they emigrated from a different country, what can you learn about that country?