This month, we’re getting to know ESLT volunteer Roberta Lagomarsini.

You might recognize Roberta from last Saturday’s great Virtual Victory Garden Workshop, where she demonstrated drip irrigation tricks and tactics!

Or you might recognize her from her whole host of other involvements with ESLT; Roberta has been a dedicated member of our volunteer team for years. She has been deeply involved in our Eastside Pollinator Garden project, has helped us host events like GardenFest, our Pollinator Garden Workshops, Garden Inspiration Tours, has helped out on Stewardship work days, in the ESLT demonstration garden, and more.

Why do you volunteer with ESLT?

I like the fact that ESLT brings diverse people and ways of thinking together for the common goal of protecting the land. It’s good to reach “across the aisle” and I always learn something when I do. We are lucky here in that most everyone in Mono and Inyo counties want to protect the open land and farmland that we have in abundance here.

Tell us about your experiences as a volunteer. What projects have you been involved in?

I work with the Eastside Pollinator Garden Project – teaching, tabling, and working on the garden tours. I like seeing how creative people are with their plants and their spaces, and I come home wishing I had used some of their ideas at my house! I have also worked on some sage-grouse fencing projects during volunteer stewardship days, and that has been a lot of fun. I think GardenFest is my favorite event, because I love talking to everyone about their plants and irrigation needs.

What is your favorite place in the Eastern Sierra?

Bighorn Plateau! My husband Pete says it’s technically not on the Eastside, though. So then I pick Bodie as my favorite “urban spot” and Hot Creek River as my favorite “wild spot.”

What do you like to do when you’re not volunteering?

Quilting, gardening, painting, Master Gardener projects, fishing, and exploring on foot and in our Rhino.

Thank you, Roberta!


Welcome to our volunteer spotlight blog series, by Marie Ring, ESLT Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member. Throughout 2020, we’ll be getting to know more of these incredible folks who help bring our work to life.

Want to get on our volunteer list? Once it is safe to do so, we look forward to inviting you to join us once again in the office or out on the land. Get in touch with Marie Ring at 760-873-4554 or to learn more. Or visit our volunteer information page by clicking the button below.

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Author Marie Ring is our Education Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member here at ESLT.

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