In what ways can transforming our front yards into edible landscapes impact our local food systems and communities?   

On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Laura Fernandez who is the visionary behind Front Yard Foods in South Carolina. Laura’s journey began with a simple garden at the age of 12 and has blossomed into a mission to reconnect people with their food through personalized garden designs, educational courses, and a passion for community-driven sustainability.

Tune in to hear all about how Laura built this thriving garden operation from the ground up!

In this episode, you’ll hear…

  • How Laura started getting interested in plants 0:59
  • How Front Yard Foods got started 5:09
  • About Laura’s biggest surprise in how the business has grown 7:54
  • What Laura does for marketing 13:25
  • How Laura runs the books 19:30
  • About what Laura would change if she could start again 29:06
  • What Laura’s advice is for new gardeners 36:09

About the Guest:

Laura Fernandez founded Front Yard Foods in 2022 in order to help people develop uniquely designed gardens and edible landscapes. Laura’s passion for food first sprouted when she built her first garden with her grandfather at the age of 12. 

Food, farming and community are of the greatest importance to her. Through Front Yard Foods, she hopes to inspire others to find their own connection to the earth and its value. Laura uses custom designs, individualized consultation and personalized education to build the confidence of each gardener and equip them with knowledge to accomplish their unique goals.


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