Are you familiar with the Broken Windows Theory? It’s the idea that when a neighborhood begins to fall into disrepair, it jumpstarts a downward spiral for the entire community. That negativity spreads and leads to more decay and even crime. The good thing is that the opposite action of investing in your home and stomping grounds leads to further beautification in that area. That’s the driving force behind Urban Farm Collective in Portland. They transform unused land into neighborhood food gardens. This fosters community development, promotes education, and food security.
I got to follow garden manager, Chelsea Updegrove, around as she tended some of her daily tasks. It’s hard work, but it’s every bit fulfilling as it is demanding. Hours spent kneeling over rows of carefully planted seedlings, covered in dirt, call for clothing that wears mud well. Take a look at Chelsea’s work wear: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, Sibley Denim Cropped Pant, Force Equator Jacket, Plaid Military Cap, and Rapid City Utility Work Apron.
I’ll leave you with a parting quote from Chelsea, “Peace, love, and carrots.”
Julie deLeon, behind Groundwork Design in Chicago, is one cool landscape designer. Hardworking, confident, and talented. Sure the construction world is male dominated, but look out boys. Julie has been in the construction world for about 8 years. She’s made a name for herself and developed a thriving business. Her handy work can be seen all around Chicago. Bringing well designed green spaces to urban areas is her specialty.
Check out Julie’s work wear: Carhartt Tucker Jacket, Logo Tee, Straight Fit Slim Jean, & Force Quarter Zip Performance Shirt The Carhartt Force line is perfect for those in landscape design. It wicks away moisture, releases stains, and fights odors.