Home Grown Food, What Could Be More Sustainable and Healthy?

The Obamas could change America and the world if they were to swap out some of their White House lawn for an organic or biodynamic garden.  But what about YOUR backyard?  Heck, for that matter, what about your front yard?

Hiring a good landscape designer knowledgeable about permaculture and organic/biodynamic gardening would be a terrific step toward food independence for you and your family.  With Monsanto and other agribusiness contributing $60+ million to political campaigns last year, to Republicans by a wide margin (but down from almost a 4:1 ratio just 8 years ago, as an interesting aside probably affiliated with the growing interest in ethanol), isn’t it time to take some money and power away from them?  One easy way to do that is to start growing your own food, free of GMOs, free of chemicals, and free of transportation pollution required to bring it to your kitchen. 

Recently, I interviewed a sustainable landscape design specialist:  Chase Fetter of Sage’s Way Landscape and Design (Salt Lake City, UT).

SC:  When you design and install a landscape for someone, what are you mainly hoping to accomplish for them?
CF:  We focus on waterwise perennials, trees, and shrubs.  We also try to incorporate edibles to encourage people to reconnect with their back yards.

SC:  The focus on waterwise plants–how helpful is that to homeowners looking to cut water bills?
CF: We can cut water bills by half [for many people].

SC:  In a water limited state like Utah’s, that must be quite a seller.  How else can you help people save money while doing good for the environment?
CF: We can also block winter winds and/or cool the house in the summer with tree plantings.

Find more information about Sage’s Way Landscape and Design at www.SagesWay.net.

Do you need to hire a landscape specialist to help you plant an organic garden?  No, but you’ll find energy and water savings, plus greater productivity if you do.  Plus, they do all the sweaty hard work.

Scott Cooney is the author of Build a Green Small Business:  Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and hopes that someday the green economy will simply be referred to as…the economy.

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About the Author

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai’i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai’i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott’s current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world’s biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride.

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