“People have no idea anymore how to start a garden, whereas most people’s grandmothers had a garden. There’s a gap there, and I’m trying to fill it in,” says Meredith Sheperd, whose company, Love & Carrots, builds organic vegetable gardens for D.C. area customers. Here, using client Rachel Timmons’s garden space in Cleveland Park, Sheperd details how she brings a garden to life. — Kris Coronado
In spring 2010 Meredith Sheperd wanted to grow her own garden, but didn’t have space. The idea evolved into Love & Carrots. She employs a team of seven and estimates that Love & Carrots has installed 125 gardens ($800 to $15,000), in sites such as apartment rooftops and a local coffeehouse’s patio. “It’s the right time in D.C. for it,” she says, citing an increased awareness of local food. “People see ... the difference between vegetables in Giant versus vegetables in the farmers market. They realize that it matters.”Benjamin C Tankersley/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST
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