After he finished college, Gil Schieber had several reasons to leave the East Coast. His brother lived on the West Coast and several college friends wanted to travel, so in 1980, Schieber and some friends set out on bicycles and headed west. As he traveled, Schieber worked on some farms and picked up a few more cyclists along the way. His trip ended at a truck farm in the Kent Valley of Washington state, where he worked for a while.
“I like it here,” said Schieber, a graduate of Delaware Valley College with a degree in horticulture. “It’s a horticultural mecca. It’s temperate, almost subtropical. This is where I started to collect and grow plants.” However, Schieber noticed there wasn’t much rainfall over the summer and he watched numerous plants die. [Read more…]