About once a month, I catch up with my friend Marc McDowell. As you may recall from previous posts on GardenstoTables, Marc is the executive sous chef out at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, who put in an extensive kitchen garden last year.
In January, in addition to becoming a father for the second time, Marc was accepted into the 2010 University of Hawaii Maui Master Gardener Training Program. So in our most recent conversation we talked about all he was learning in the program - which is quite a bit. He spends eight hours a week learning about soil and seeds and landscaping and (well, you get the picture). Essentially he's learning the science of gardening and has compiled a "gigantic" binder full of information and notes - but that all that information can be a little daunting if you're not immediately putting it into practice.
And that's where Frank Jamali comes in. On one of Marc's weekly garden tours, Frank introduced himself and asked if he would like any advice. It ends up that Frank is a retired electronic engineer with experience in biodynamic gardening and landscaping who is now living in Kapalua and was not just offering words but has been coming out to work with Marc in the garden (they're pictured above, with Marc on the left and Frank on the right).