The rainy spring and early summer made it feel like we were never going to get out in the field. It was not wasted time, though, because we were able to do a lot of research on what plants would be good to target for collection. Now a good number of these plants are producing seed and the excitement is growing as we keep monitoring for the perfect time to harvest. To date we have been able to do collections on three different species and anticipate many more in the near future. I still haven’t got used to the fact that something so enjoyable is my job. It truly makes me appreciate this time in my life, and I look forward to the surprises each new day brings.

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