Benjamin came to gardening as a way of life in spring of 1968 when she
apprenticed with renowned English gardener Alan Chadwick at the University of
California at Santa Cruz. The gardens she helped develop became the inspiration
and training ground for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems,
now in its 41st year.
In 1971, she founded and developed Camp
Joy Gardens, a non-profit educational center and demonstration garden of 4 acres
in Boulder Creek, California., where she conducted vegetable and flower trials
and grew herbs and produce for sale. At Camp Joy Gardens, Beth built an active
cut flower business, creating mixed bouquets, dried flower wreaths and wedding
and special occasion arrangements for the community. Beth has worked with Renee
Shepherd since 1988, and now brings her years of extensive practical experience
indoors to the position of Horticultural Advisor at Renee's Garden. Locally, she
serves on the board of directors of Camp Joy and the Organic Seed Alliance,
gardens with her children and grandchildren, is studying psychology and finally
making time to write poems - many about flowers and vegetables.