On this episode we speak with Amanda Streets, owner of Living Roots Eco Design. Amanda is a garden educator and a food system designer, she is also a mom. She designs sustainable gardens, lawns, backyards and green spaces. We speak about ways to design your lawn or backyard into a living, breathing, healthy ecosystem. Food forests are a specialty of Amanda's firm and are a way to supplement diets, while having some control over the way food is grown. We speak about ways you can achieve a beautiful lawn without using chemicals such as weed killers and pesticides. We also speak about common concerns that prevent folks from enjoying their outdoor spaces, such as insects commonly perceived as pests. We speak about mosquitos and their place in the food cycle; Amanda describes ways to get mosquito populations under control and prevent them from becoming a nuisance. We also delve into compositing, an often daunting task, but one that is essential for recycling our food waste. Amanda educates us on how to compost the right way; making it an easy and fun task for kids and adults alike. About Living Roots Eco Design: The firm is based in Clearwater, Florida, and offers services for all needs. The firm provides various levels of support it's clients, from education, creating blueprints and designs for their particular spaces to planting and maintaining the gardens and ecosystems created. You can find out more at https://livingrootsecodesign.com. Living Roots also provides online education classes, which include live sessions and a taped library of classes that anyone can participate in around the world. Importance: We featured Amanda, because her work is amongst the most important for our planet. 83% of Americans live in urban centers according to the Center for Sustainable Systems. That means that if more of us want to contribute to solving climate change, living sustainably, or simply having some control over where our food is grown, we will have to do it in the suburbs or the cities. Amanda's business is centered around sustainable land management for urban and suburban owners, which demonstrates that not only is it ideal to create healthy ecosystems but also that it can provide a path toward revenue and a healthy business model. creating healthy soils, polyculture, planting native species, also sequesters carbon and increases biodiversity. Each one of us contributing to that on our roofs, backyards, front yards, lawns and any land under our control, creates benefits to the ecosystem and the earth at large. Making better choices in our backyards can literally make a difference! Please subscribe to our podcast to learn more about how everyday people are making a difference towards a better earth. We welcome your comments and suggestions!