“…you show you care about your world by getting up and doing something to make it a better, more beautiful place.”
That first year I mostly worked with friends and family. I learned a lot about the questions to ask, how to listen to people talk about their challenges, and how to research projects before launching in. I did a lot of design work in the first season and found that I really enjoyed the process of working with people to create something new and exciting.
I initially wanted to call the business “Give a Sh*t Gardening”
…which was inspired by my mom.
She’s a Maine native with a passion for gardening and a sometimes colorful vocabulary and her determined spirit was a driving factor when I was getting the business off the ground. Ultimately I tamed down the name, but the idea that you show you care about your world by getting up and doing something to make it a better, more beautiful place is still on my mind every day.
2014 There was a pretty big gap between the designs I would present and the realities people were faced with in building what I was suggesting. In 2014 I began to add implementation services, helping clients build the pieces of their homestead as we designed it. The main focus was on raised beds, compost bins, and rainwater tanks. These are the core elements to get things cranking; soil, water and a place to grow vegetables.
It was not always clear what Urban Homesteader VT was going to be.
I dabbled with growing vegetables for sale, with pretty much no success. Growing things was never so much of a problem, but figuring out where and how to sell them..big problem. I followed several other paths, let’s call them learning opportunities, before finding the niche where I can offer the most help. It’s about an equal blend permaculture design, carpentry, and gardening/light landscaping.
In 2015 we began helping clients connect their gardens to the Intervale Food Rescue and Gleaning Program. Gardeners have been able to send their surplus veggies over to the Intervale for inclusion in the community CSA and institutional fresh food programs. I’m very excited about this program and have been surprised by how eager clients have been to donate their hard grown crops.
There’s been no greater satisfaction than helping people achieve something they thought was beyond their ability.
And seeing how people get excited about showing others the way, that’s just over the top.
2016 is off to a wonderful start and we can’t wait to see what this year brings!