Heather Flores—farmer, author of the book Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community and co-founder of Food Not Lawns International—has singlehandedly inspired me to reconsider my approach to lawn care. Flores' concept is bold in its simplicity: Use precious resources such as time and water to raise plants that can nourish us and help us connect with our communities.
In an era where people seem increasingly divided, Heather explains that humble acts such as sharing seeds and swapping gardening stories can bring us back together, while the act of growing food can fundamentally change what we eat and how we live.
Heather was not raised in a farming family or on some off-the-grid hippie commune. She was an urban girl who decided growing her own food was a natural extension of how she wanted to be in the world and, plant by plant, started to make the journey. I am on the cusp of that same kind of journey.
After you listen to our interview, I think you will be inspired to take your first steps too.
Simran Sethi is an award-winning journalist and associate professor at the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications. For more information on Sethi, visit SimranSethi.com and follow her on Twitter @simransethi.