Forty Years and Still Growing Strong at Good Earth Plant Company

Posted on Nov 1, 2017
Forty Years and Still Growing Strong at Good Earth Plant Company

  It’s been 14,600 days. 350,400 hours. Thousands of plants. Hundreds of employees. One hundred living walls. Two addresses. Two kids! One crazy ride. I’ve known this day was coming, but it’s still nearly impossible for me to grasp, much less explain in a single blog post. Today, November 1, 2017, is officially my 40th […]

Why Aren’t There More Green Roofs in San Diego?

Posted on Sep 6, 2017
Why Aren’t There More Green Roofs in San Diego?

In many cities, green roofs are a growing part of the urban landscape.  The benefits are undeniable and substantial. Green roofs solve so many problems in the urban environment: preventing stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat island effect, reducing heating and cooling costs, soundproofing, adding habitat for pollinators and birds, and cleaning the air to […]

Bringing the Green Road Show To You

Posted on Aug 31, 2017
Bringing the Green Road Show To You

In the annual Chapman University Study on American Fears, the fear at the top never changes. In 2016, when people were asked about 79 different fears, giving a presentation is number one among personal fears, followed by heights and crawly things. Lowest: clowns. As my family, friends, and colleagues know all too well, this isn’t […]

Getting Down to Business on Valentine’s Day

Posted on Feb 9, 2017
Getting Down to Business on Valentine’s Day

Part of the Good Earth Plant Company Anniversary Series Even if you’ve had a Valentine’s Day or two that was a disappointment, most people have overall pleasant memories for their Valentine’s Days over the years. My own memories of Valentine’s Day have nothing to do with love stories or gifts. They are all about business. […]

Time For Thanks at Good Earth Plants and GreenScaped Buildings

Posted on Nov 23, 2016
Time For Thanks at Good Earth Plants and GreenScaped Buildings

It is (already!) Thanksgiving 2016, and I’m thankful for many people in my life. Thanksgiving is a good time to let them know. I’m thankful for: • My folks: far from perfect, but great role models and teachers. They set a good standard and give me plenty to both admire and laugh about. • My […]

Let The Sunshine In To Lift Your Mood Naturally

Posted on Nov 10, 2016
Let The Sunshine In To Lift Your Mood Naturally

Are you feeling a little blue? You might be tempted to blame this week’s presidential election results. Hillary Clinton gave a gracious concession speech, and we hope the best for President-elect Donald Trump (and don’t go changing our environmental laws any time soon). But it might not be the only reason you aren’t your usual […]

Growing A Business, 39 Years and Counting

Posted on Nov 1, 2016
Growing A Business, 39 Years and Counting

Thirty-nine years ago today, all I wanted was a way to support myself. I was almost 20 and my dad had just kicked me out of the house because I didn’t get a job over the summer. I got a part-time job while going to community college, working at an outdoor “plant stand” in the […]

Don’t Kill Your Plants With Kindness

Posted on Oct 13, 2016
Don’t Kill Your Plants With Kindness

We love our endless summer in San Diego, but it’s a nice change to finally feel the first hints of fall’s cooler temperatures. The time change back to standard time isn’t too far off either. Even San Diegans start spending a lot more time indoors at this time of year. It motivates me to communicate […]

Get Down On The Farm: San Diego Farm Tour Day is September 17

Posted on Sep 8, 2016
Get Down On The Farm: San Diego Farm Tour Day is September 17

 If I asked you to name San Diego’s major industries, you would probably come up with tourism, the military, maybe biotech or craft beer. The one I bet you’d miss is agriculture and farming. Agriculture is the fourth largest industry in San Diego County. It’s a two billion dollar industry. San Diego County has more […]

Helping homeless San Diegans one plant at a time

Posted on Sep 1, 2016
Helping homeless San Diegans one plant at a time

Several months ago at a Citizens Coordinate for Century 3 (C3) panel discussion on the homelessness problem in San Diego, one of the panel members really energized me. Her name is Amy Gonyeau, and she is Chief Operating Officer with the Alpha Project. For those who aren’t familiar with it (like me I’m embarrassed to […]