Meet a Westsider:
Irma Kristel

Profession/Occupation... I work for Cactus Flower Tropical as an interior plantscape specialist and I have my own business growing and selling organic plants and vegetables.

What I like most about the Westside is... Where else in town can a serious gardener have several compost bins and a pile of manure without violating a few covenants?

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Thereís not much I would change. I have always loved the Westside. Iíve been here since 1984.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... ďFood Inc.Ē Itís not for everyone. It shows the dark side of how our food is mass produced and how the big businesses devour the small farmers, the slaughterhouses, etc.

I'd like to discover... my own new tomato hybrid. It would take years, probably. Something extra sweet that grows well here.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... an honest politician. That will never happen.

The next time I travel, Iím going to... Canyon Lands in Utah. I got a postcard from Bryce Canyon the other day. Itís got to be one of the most beautiful spots on earth, and itís so close.

My favorite childhood memory is... coming home from school with two ducks in tow. I got to keep them.

My favorite winter pastime is... working in my greenhouse when itís cold and snowy, planting seeds when itís snowing.

Something good Iíve read is... Michael Pollenís ďBotany of Desire.Ē You have to be a plant person to appreciate it.

My pet peeve is... people who canít get in the habit of recycling. Is it laziness or what? Donít get me started.

If I didn't have to work for a year I would... be working in my garden.

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