The award was given to Miner during the Feb. 8 San Anselmo, New Mexico Town Council meeting. The town’s Quality of Life Commission voted unanimously to give Miner the award. Miner has also been the head person in charge of the composting at the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project.
Miner has been pulling his neighbor’s weeds, plus doing other garden work, for the past four or five years. He says he started helping his 80-90 year old neighbors because they couldn’t do it anymore and he just had to help. He added that since he got to work in their gardens and grow veggies, that it was a benefit for everyone.
The garden work isn’t Miner’s only volunteer work. Once a week he works on a restoration project at the Western Hills Nursery in Occidental where he is trying to get an overgrown three acre garden in shape so it can become a public garden again.
The 70-year-old says he has always enjoyed both gardening and volunteer work. He also works at the city’s Historical Commission and runs an oral history program where people can share their stories of past history of the city. His other volunteer work includes a seven year hitch as a San Anselmo girl’s softball coach, as well as a “Bread and Roses” jail musical benefit program.
Minor is the 17th winner of the environmentally based Green Award, which is given to unsung heroes.