By Laney Griffo for the Tahoe Daily Tribune on October 25
"It’s clear that Alison Toy, Program Manager for UC Davis Tahoe Center for Environmental Science, is passionate about the North Lake Tahoe Demonstration Garden.
Immediately upon arriving at the garden on a crisp fall morning, she launches into a story about hand picking hundreds of aphids off the tomato plants until the plants grew so successfully, she had to beg her colleagues to take tomatoes home.
The garden, nuzzled in a corner of Sierra Nevada College’s campus, has been a part of the community since 1991. It was the brainchild of community members Linda Pittman, Margaret Solomon and Dick Post.
Since then, it has been attended to and loved by the garden’s board, including long-time board member, Jan Steinmann. Over the more than 25 years of the garden’s existence, it has offered community classes on topics such as native plants, pollinator gardening, slope stabilization and forest health."