Total loan: $10,000
Alameda, CA, United States / Services
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I started my first landscaping business in 2007 after losing my desk job in the market crash. During the next five years, I dove into the Green Industry acquiring as much working knowledge as I could and completed a degree in Business Management/Accounting. In 2012 I sold the business enabling me to go back to school full-time. While in school for Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources, I traveled to multiple states taking short courses and volunteering at Growing Power in WI, Colorado Aquaponics in CO, Women's Environmental Institute in MN, and the Water Management District in FL. In 2015, I relocated to California to convert grass-covered lawns into beautiful native bee and butterfly habitats and pathways. I also encourage my clients to plant edibles to reduce food transportation costs and to donate their surplus to those less fortunate. "There She Grows CA" went live in March of 2016 and already has a growing client base. I'm currently interning with the NRCS and the Alameda County Natural Resources District by planting pollinator friendly hedgerows between organic farms and educating the public about water pollution and conservation. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Gandhi This quote reminds me that without clean water, we would not be able to grow food and without pollinators, food production would be drastically reduced. My focus is to utilize every piece of land possible to provide food for pollinating insects, native species for restoration, and to teach others about the importance in protecting our water supply and natural resources.