The trails here at Buchan Airport Community Park were named in Tom Minnich's honor yesterday. Tom, who passed away on October 7, 2012 was a champion of Englewood's ecology, especially the watershed.
To raise awareness of the natural beauty of Englewood, Tom insisted that officials take his famous "Tour of Englewood". In fact the tour actually focused on the watershed; and Tom's message was that our lives here depend on the health of our rivers, streams and our beautiful Lemon Bay.
The Ethnobotany Program at EC4S was Tom's brainchild. His education and professional experience as a pharmacist, and his love of our natural world led Tom on a quest to develop a garden in Englewood where healing plants could grow and be harvested.
Tom was a founding member of the Englewood Center for Sustainability. He brought wit, wisdom and inspiration to everything he did. The Ethnobotany Program will continue as a part of his rich legacy. Donations for the program in Tom's Memory can be sent to: Sarasota County Parks, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241.