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Friday, 23 March 2018 18:09

Former Auto Body Repairer to Take On Educator-Horticulture Role in NE

Written by Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune
Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Kathleen Cue, the new extension educator-horticulture in Dodge County, NE, stands in a lab in the Fremont office. Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont Tribune

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 “Vegetable gardening was a matter of necessity---coming from a family of 10 people,” she said. “Producing vegetables was important.”

 

Pulling weeds wasn’t her favorite task and not something she wanted to do as a teenager.

 

But Cue grew to appreciate gardening.

 

“It wasn’t until I got married and had a family of my own that I figured out I actually enjoyed being in the garden,” she said.

 

She became an avid gardener.

 

So what does that have to do with auto body repair?

 

Her parents had an auto body repair shop, where all their children worked.

 

“I was an auto body repair person,” said Cue, who is from Iowa.

 

Cue did auto body repair for about 10 years, while working on a degree in agriculture with an emphasis on horticulture.

 

“One thing I really liked about gardening is that when you were talking to fellow gardeners, they always had a smile on their face. There was always a sense of fellowship in talking to a like-minded person. It seemed like a natural transition for me to focus on horticulture,” she said.

 

While auto body repair and horticulture might seem like polar opposites, Cue sees a connection.

 

Both involve getting to the root of a problem.

 

“There’s a similarity in that it’s about problem-solving,” she said. “Whether you have a wrinkle in your fender or you have a plant with a disease issue, it’s about taking those steps and asking those questions to figure out what needs to be done to correct the problem.”


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