We are pleased to spotlight Rawson Duckett our resident Master Gardening Instructo
Rawson Duckett is a urban farming expert and edible landscaper. His philosophy is that food is medicine, medicine Is food, as well as that gardening at home is therapeutic & saves money as well as trips to the doctor. He founded Flower City Roots to be a for hire garden consultant, private garden instructor and garden installer.He also converts abandoned city lots into edible and medicinal lots as a way to reduce food deserts within the city.
When did you begin business and/or teaching?
RD: I started started 5 years ago but the first official year was February 2017
Where did you get the inspiration for your business brand?
RD: I would come home and practice sustainable gardening until there was nothing extra to do and I felt everyone in the city should have the knowledge about how to eat from home and learn how to cultivate a sustainable lifestyle.
What makes you want to teach/do your business?
RD: I want to see everyone eat from home, communities and neighbors eating from empty lots and becoming an educated community about food health wellness and medicine.
For you, how does your business/brand relate to wellness?
RD: Eating home grown locally sourced organic heirloom food and medicine from the healthiest soil is the healthiest way to eat and live.
How do you stay healthy?
RD: I work outside all day every day, eat healthy organic food, and cook for myself from my garden. I also try to drink plenty of water.
What do you feel is the most challenging aspect of your career?
RD: The most challenging aspect is funding in order to procure empty lots and to turn them into a food oasis for neighbors to learn and eat from.
When you aren’t teaching classes what do you like to do?
RD: When the weather is nice I basically live in my garden from sun up to sun down. I also like to do research about growing my own food, making my own medicine, and making my own organic household products.
What is it that inspires you to keep going as entrepreneur.
RD: My daughter is my biggest drive. She is the reason why I eat and grow organic and why I believe everyone should grow & eat their own food as well.
What are you working on now?
RD: I have four lots that I am currently turning into edible gardens.
What’s has been your best experience thus far in your business?
RD: My best experience is working with kids and getting them to love gardening . A child once told me he goes home and gardens with his grandmother.
What has been your biggest challenge as a company? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
RD: My biggest challenge is not having enough time to do all the things I want to do for the community. I have slowly been able to get extra hands and build a community of like minded individuals who want to help see this city thrive.
What advice do you have for others interested in pursuing their own business?
RD: Never give up. When you work for someone else, you generally carry the stress of the business on your shoulders as well. I decided I would work for myself so all my stress would go into my own entity that I am building.
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
RD: I can be hired privately. You can also donate your land to my cause. Additionally, I am always looking for extra help so if you are interested in working with me in a volunteer capacity please reach out.
Flower City Edible Roots Landscaping on Facebook here.