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1 million cups - Sustainable by nature - 4/4/17

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1 million cups - Sustainable by nature - 4/4/17

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http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/6858638?cpt=8&wpid=2637 Tue, 04 Apr 2017 20:12:58 +0000 1 million cups - Sustainable by nature - 4/4/17 1 million cups - Sustainable by nature - 4/4/17 http://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12513/6858638?cpt=8&wpid=2637 KOLR [?] >> jeremy: welcome back. that music makes me want to dance. what '80s is back, what! welcome back, we're happy to have alyssa hughes with us with sustainable by nature in our 1 million cups spotlight! welcome to the show. >> guest: thank you! >> jeremy: first of all, sustainable by nature, tell me it has something to do with plants. >> we started as a horticulture business and now we're a gardening business that creates outdoor spaces for people to get outside and enjoy their outdoors >> tom: how is this different? you do something a little bit better. explain that. >> guest: we focus on making people more sustainable. we focus on gardens, getting people to grow food, native plants, instead of your run-of-the-mill plants that only offer aesthetics. >> jeremy: what are native plants that are easy to grow? >> guest: milkweed, echicanea, prairie blue grass. there's a whole list. >> tom: does it count if you don't mow your backyard? >> guest: i think that counts, yeah! [laughter] >> jeremy: tom is in then. >> tom: sign me up! >> jeremy: what vegetables do you recommend for missouri? can you go everything? >> guest: not everything. >> jeremy: i want to make sure i'm growing the right things. >> tom: what got you into doing this? people go i'm going to plant any flower because it looks pretty or this vegetable because that's the one i like to eat. what got you to steer people towards this? >> guest: i have a passion for the ozarks and the outdoors. i love growing food. so it just became a passion that i enjoy. and you know, growing up gardening, i just assume that everyone knew how to garden. and my -- >> tom: they don't. >> guest: yeah! >> tom: they don't. >> guest: we started with the idea that we want to put in garden beds and teach people how to grow food. it's evolved from there. at first, i had the business with my brother-in-law and husband and at first, i was like you're crazy! everyone knows how to garden. [laughter] >> tom: no, they don't. what are we seeing here? >> guest: that's the pergola at mama jeans on sunshine. and the garden buzzing around it. we're growing food in there this summer. >> jeremy: did you guys build the pergol is. >> guest: yes. >> jeremy: what is that contraption? >> guest: a rain barrel. >> tom: collect your own rainwater, yeah! what other kinds of things? >> jeremy: that's gorgeous! >> guest: we built the patio there with the fire pit in the middle and put garden beds around the outside. >> jeremy: you're more than landscaping. you do more, and it's educational as well. >> guest: right. we want to offer beautiful spaces for people to enjoy outside, but we want those spaces to contribute to the local ecology as well as your stomach, your kitchen, grow food! don't grow a bradford bear when you can grow an actual pear! like makes sense in my mind. >> jeremy: how long have you been here in springfield, sustainable by nature? >> guest: three years. >> jeremy: how is it going so far? >> awesome! it was kind of nice to come here and have 30 minutes to sit. >> jeremy: because you've been working all the time! >> guest: nonstop! >> tom: what is your association then with 1 million cups? how did you find, you know, associated yourself with that group of people? >> guest: we started going there kind of as networking, and to learn from other small businesses. and that was about the same time that we started. and it's just been an amazing way to meet other people to get great advice from people that have been there. pluck starting a small business is hard. it's a lot of work! so to have that feedback from people who have done it, has been awesome. >> tom: it sounds like a great deal, because you may have all the knowledge in the world about gardening, but they can help you with the other aspects of the business that you may not know. >> guest: exactly. yep. >> jeremy: if people wanted to hire you or learn more about you, where can they find more information? >> you can find information at www.sustainablebynature.com. that has a little bit about us and pictures and also a link so you can contact us >> jeremy: it's a family business, right? all of your family works there? >> guest: it's me and my husband right now. it was my brother-in-law, but he's moved onto other things. >> jeremy: i love to plant so much. i really presiderespect i hope people get involved. if you need help, call me. >> tom: she's talking about people like me. seeds, ground, do something. >> jeremy: water also! [laughter] >> tom: oh, water. all this stuff grew. i didn't have water. it should be able to do that! >> guest:

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