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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 14, 1997 13 Food, Heal! i and Fitness le /e Ic "- N VFW slates blood drive by Mary Lamar PAHRUMP - United Blood Service will be in Tomato treasure right here in Pahrump by Gina Moore PAHRUMP- What started as a desire for fresh, homegrown vegetables turned into a business for Pam Riner. Five years ago, Pam's garden produced so many tomatoes she was giving them away by the armload. She decided to turn her love of gardening into a seasonal business. This is the fourth year she has sold vine-ripened tomatoes at Tomatoland in Pahrump. Taste is what sets these tomatoes apart from the rest. Riner says "they are meaty and full of flavor. This year, the tomatoes are thriving in the heat and humidity." Area growers produce high quality tomatoes at reasonable prices. Riner and her husband of 13 years, Anthony Alosi, moved to Pahrump 10 years ago. Formerly residents of Los Angeles, they moved here for the peace and quiet of rural Nevada. Riner starts the seeds which are later transplanted as tiny plants to the garden or to the greenhouse into hydroponic rock beds where they mature into fruit-bearing tomato plants. Over 8,000 seeds are planted each year. According to Pam, timing is everything. Plant too early and the frost will damage the blooms. Plant too late and the heat will destroy the young plants. This year she planted in late March and was harvest- ing tomatoes by the first of June. She is prepar- ,ing to plant her third crop this season. Different varieties produce at different times. Indeterminate varieties such as Early Girl and bush tomatoes may produce fruit for up to two and a half months. Other varieties like Plum tomatoes are determinate and produce for only a short period. This year the tomatoes will be available until September, depending on the weather. The plum tomatoes have quit produc- ing for this season. Some of the tomatoes are grown organically in an open garden, exposed to sunlight. Others are grown hydroponically in rock beds which are supplied with water and nutrients in a recirculating water system. Solar shade material is used to protect the plants from the full force of the sun. All of the tomatoes are vine ripened until they are ready to pick and sell. No pesticides or chemicals are used to control the insect population at Tomatoland. Riner uses organic sprays made from plant matter to protect her plants. She also imports friendly insects that are natural enemies of garden pests. Vigilance is the key to successful pest control. Besides selling tomatoes and tomato plants, Riner often has other fresh produce such as eggplant, cucumber and squash, depending on time and available space. She also sells herbs such as basil, thyme, marjoram, sage and parsley. Tomatoland is located at 940 N. Soy St. off of Irene, just west of Barney. Tomatoland is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A model nurse makes your day brighter by L. H. Stronach Gazette Staff ,When Faye Trapp-Burris, Certified Medical Assistant, left Belize in Central America to come to the U.S. at the age of nine, she didn't speak a word of English. (Belize was known as British Honduras before their independence.) Faye Burris worked very hard at getting rid of her accent. It was very important to her not to be different from ber peers in America. Trapp-Burris spent her forma- tive years in the San Fernando Valley area in California. During that time, she attended and gradu- ated from John Robert Powers Modeling School. She did fashion modeling from age 15 to 18 at private homes for exclusive Beverly Hills shops. Her mother, a mid- wife in Belize, became a nurse practitioner and practiced in the U.S. until her recent retirement and has since returned to Belize. Trapp-Burris understands some Spanish. Her mother and her older sister, an RN currently working as a surgical nurse in California are fluent in the language. What made her choose nursing? "I've wanted to be a nurse since my neighbors' dog "Boots" bad puppies. I remember wrapping them in blanket,, dressing them in doll clothes." Her mother's career choice also played a factor in her earear choice. Trapp-Burris decided on a nursing career after graduating from Critteon High School in 1980 to attend Casa Lorna College. She received her Licensed Vocation Nursing certificate in 1983. Upon graduating from college, Trapp-Burris worked for St. Joseph Hospital in Burbank, California on the medical-surgical floors. From there she went to Simi Valley Hospital in Encino, California working in OB, ICU and the Open Heart services. Trapp-Burris went on to Glendale College to study to be a surgical technician. When completing that training she worked as a surgery technician from 1993 until 1996 at Glendale Adventist Hospital. The Burris family consists of Faye, husband ,Darrel Cooper Burris, son Tyrone 15, who attends Pahrump Valley High School, daughter, Portia 10, and son Kenneth age seven who attends Manse Elementary School. During a weekly trip from Las Vegas to California five years ago, the Burris' came through Pabnmap. Mr. Burris was tired of running a business in Las Vegas and needed the open spaces. Similarly, Trapp-Burris wanted to escape the congestion in California and eliminate commuting. They decided to try Pahrump to continue raising their children and someday retire. Her husband owns and operates "Hollywood Sound.'" He recently moved his business to Pahrump after seven years in Las Vegas doing custom installation for stereo units and various electronic equipment. Two years ago, "we kinda got lucky and bought 10 acres in northwest Pabrump that we intend to develop someday. We also found and purchased a double-wide on 1.25 acres in Pahrump. In fact, I have had to cut back on my shopping because we bought a new home" she stated. As for Trapp-Burris' future in medicine, "I wouM like to see a hospital in Pahrump so that I would be able to work as a surgery technician again. "For now, I fit into a doctor's office. I enjoy my work and can see more rewards on a daily basis. Also, my kids arc in school. It is nice to be able to walk into the store or down a street, people that I don't remember know me. They thank me for my help at the clinic." Trapp-Burris feels as a community "we ought to cater to the seniors and the young couples having babies." These groups need more things, one of which is medical teaching. She feels they are willing to listen and like the advice. "That's what I have to get used to, and why I say we need more teaching for the less- informed. "Even though we try to give teaching materials on age specific information, we still could use something like,"Call A Nurse' because the public here needs that type of serice." She has had mothers that did not understand the reasons for doing a simple urine testing which can detect urinary infections before they become serious. "I even had a patient' s mother come back and tell me she was very happy that I had done this test." When discussing medicine from 1980 to the 1990s Trapp- Burris commented, "I would say, insurance companies are killing us. In the 1980s doctors could admit or send people to hospitals without much problem. More could be done. In the 1990s a patient could be dying and not get necessary things done without it costing them a lot of money." Trapp-Burris' interests are fashion and shopping. Five years from now "I would like to be shopping and on a cruise. Actually, I see myself on a week-end cruise to Encinada." What she likes most about her job is "Patient care!.Talking with the patients and primarily making them comfortable." She went on to say, "I don't take things personally. They are just asking for help. I don't judge people by what they have." Her least favorite job duties are giving shots and drawing blood. "My husband says I'm easygoing. I enjoy cheering someone upeachday. Smoothstuffover. When someone recognizes your efforts it makes a bad day good."