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LaRue Diehl and Faith Kurtyka's backyard.

LaRue Diehl and Faith Kurtyka's backyard.

Today, I am fortunate to bask in the graceful pen strokes of the Omaha World Herald’s Marjie Ducey. She interviewed two of my ambitious clients, LaRue Diehl and Faith Kurtyka. As with many of my clients, I could tell that they were recently exposed to internet permaculture dreamscapes and simply needed a tiny boost of confidence to apply their newly found backyard perspective into reality. Times are changing. People are starting to question the manicured lawn. This is where it begins. After realizing the potential of what could be grown instead of grass, most people want to dive in with both feet but are usually wary to put a toe in. This world of community-based covenants dictating manicured spaces in urban settings has left people wondering what is acceptable in their neighborhood when displacing grass with something more natural. Ultimately, my job is to simply bestow confidence for people who acknowledge that while the climate is changing, there is still opportunity. When I say opportunity, I mean to say that we can grow practically anything in Nebraska; you just have to believe in the vision in addition to doing the research. I am truly honored that LaRue and Faith dropped my name in the article. Their enigmatic personalities are taking the bestowed confidence they received to ambitious heights. I cannot take much credit for the dreamscape they envision.  Grocery and energy prices will continue to rise. Food will continue to imitate engineered products. We need to teach these skills of natural gardening and the confidence to do this in our communities. If food forests were the future of your neighborhood, would you ever leave?  A wise man once said, “Horticulture is the bomb”!