Meet Gloria Polakof
The seeds of gardening in my life were germinated from my earlier childhood on an Amish farm in Pennsylvania. As my parents moved across the county, my father and uncle continued to inspire me and making lasting memories of the charm of gardening. I was an eco-child and green teen before being GREEN was cool. I’ve always enjoyed fostering wayward plants and animals that needed help. As an adult, for family health reasons, I studied the health aspects of herbs and fresh vegetables and their healing power.
After receiving a Ph.D. in Alternative Medicine, the desire to grow my own herbs accelerated. When we moved to Hawaii, I got involved in keeping invasive plants out of the islands and waterways. My husband and I had a talk show called “Dr. Jim’s Healthy Hawaii” and we encouraged residents to cultivate more of their own food and eat nutritiously.
Our medical business brought us to North Carolina and we settled in Moore County. As soon as we arrived we noticed they had a MGV class starting in a few weeks. So in 2005 I officially became a NCEMGV and worked on various projects. I also developed and interest in helping with state projects and became the Corresponding Secretary for NCEMGVA serving under Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman.
Our business brought us back to San Diego where I became a SDMGV. In 2013 we semi-retired, moving back to a home we owned in Moore County. I renewed my Master Gardener status within days of our arrival, and have served on various committees and actively support numerous gardening projects. In addition, I continue to utilize my skills in Social Media, blogs, photography and our new website created for MGV’s of Moore County.
Since I enjoyed being part of the State previously, I volunteered to Barbara Walters who said she had the perfect job for me. Little did I know she was talking about Recording Secretary for NCEMGVA.
(I now feel empathy for all my past secretaries - wanting to send them personally grown flowers for unperceived challenges).
I’ve enjoyed working with Kathleen Moore on the new manual for NCEMGV’s doing various projects. I look forward to many more years of fun in the dirt and encourage my 13 grandchild to embrace the magical life of cultivating a garden.