Growing up on a cattle and tobacco farm as a semi-feral child running through the fields barefoot, half covered with poison ivy, chicken poop between my toes; I didn’t realize there was any other way of living. Farming was hard; feeding the cattle, working in the garden or in the crops. I couldn’t wait to be more modern and leave home. The lure of the big city (Cincinnati) reeled me in.
I soon learned it wasn’t as glamorous as I thought it would be and the food tasted awful! Nothing like the farm fresh beef and vegetables I had grown up with.
So, I started a very successful urban agriculture/ garden business, specializing in roof gardens, food gardens, wildlife habitat, therapy gardens and rainwater harvesting. Along the way, I picked up an alphabet of accreditations after my name and will sometimes teach university students sustainable horticulture. It will continue to be my passion, connecting people with nature. Funny, turns out I am farming in the city! You just can’t deny those values and skills that are instilled in you from birth. We still own that family farm in Kentucky although the garden is smaller and the cattle are fewer, it’s still home.
I began using CBD for my arthritis, but the benefits that came along with that were a game changer for me. Not only has it reduce my inflammation, but also has boosted my energy, reduced my stress, lowered my blood pressure and helped me sleep. Now that’s something to be passionate about!