Testimonials


"Deb Kates and the Let's Get Dirty! program has been providing Independence Blue Cross with high-energy, fun-filled, informative organic gardening seminars for several years. Our associates learn ways to stay active and healthy while appreciating nature, improving the environment, cultivating home gardens and nourishing their lives. The lively sessions given by Deb (with assistant Greg) explain how to prep our garden plots, when to mulch, water & harvest, and how to savor our bounty all year long. It's amazing how much knowledge can be shared by one person! Let's Get Dirty! was so well attended, we added the series to another regional site for 2015."
— Janine A. Brandolo
Preventive Health and Wellness
Independence Blue Cross

"Deb of Let's Get Dirty! makes getting your hands "dirty" fun. She is excited about gardening and provides many interesting comments along the way. The Veterans loved her and her enthusiasm. Veterans who did not participate in other gardening projects enjoyed Deb's class and became involved beyond expectations."
— Wanda Brown
Recreation Therapist
Coatesville Veteran's Administration Medical Center

"For the hot summer of 2013, speaker Deborah Kates was like a fresh breeze and refreshing rain shower. From her extensive gardening experience and careful research, she shared a wealth of ideas and tips on successful gardening through drought and deluge. She engaged everyone from our long-time gardeners to our newest club member, and I would highly recommend Deborah to any group because she "gets" the topics you want addressed - plus she is amazingly professional, energetic and entertaining!"
— Dr. June Allred
2013-14 President of Twin Valleys Garden Club
(the oldest garden club in Pennsylvania)

"Great class! A lifetime of knowledge over a short time period. The presenter is experienced from hands-on application and research and knows all the dirty truths about gardening! Well worth it!"
- Barbara St. Germaine
Chester County municipal employee

"Deborah's programs are always very popular with the public. They are entertaining as well as informative. She is knowledgeable and witty, and I'm not sure which people like best – the content or her personality. I think it's close!"
- Pam Marquette
Program Coordinator for the Chester County Library and District Center

"Lots of fun, informative, and very down homey. I learned a lot in a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Deborah knows her stuff!"
- Judy L.
DARC student

  • Deborah Kates

  • 120 Reservoir Road
  • Coatesville, PA 19320
  • (610)-384-2535
  • debc3a@verizon.net

A basket of organic plenty from Deb's garden.
A basket of organic plenty from Deb's garden.

Participant Feedback


"Great class! A lifetime of knowledge over a short time period. The presenter is experienced from hands-on application and research and knows all the dirty truths about gardening! Well worth it!"
- Barbara St. Germaine, Chester County municipal employee

"Deborah's programs are always very popular with the public. They are entertaining as well as informative. She is knowledgeable and witty, and I'm not sure which people like best – the content or her personality. I think it's close!"
- Pam Marquette, Program Coordinator for the Chester County Library and District Center

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