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Staying Green in Plano

Whitehead E. S. works hard to “practice what we preach”.
We became a member of Live Green in Plano in 2019 and started up a backyard organic garden. Live Green in Plano is an excellent program run by the city of Plano that encourages companies to operate in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

The Whitehead E. S. garden has a greenhouse, raised beds for vegetables, hydroponic containers for selected veggies (all “street legal”) such as spinach and kale, fruit trees/shrubs (figs, grapes, mulberries, plums, peaches, blackberries, and blueberries), and a compost bin along with many beautiful flowers. The flowers look great and bring in the bees and butterflies. We have tomatoes, oranges, and peas growing in the greenhouse during the winter.

Michael is a Soil Scientist by degree and learned the “ins and outs” of organic gardening from his grandad while growing up in Columbus, Georgia. His family later moved to Tampa, Florida and he went to the University of Florida to study soils. From a young age, he always had a small garden at home or potted plants while at the University of Florida.

The Whitehead E. S. garden is filled with various seasonal vegetables, fruits, and wildflowers throughout the year. Our clients enjoy visiting and learning what we are growing each season and if they get lucky can take something home. One of the ways we sustain our garden is composting organic waste materials from the office, which usually include lots of coffee grounds and food scraps. We have a small stainless steel compost bin inside the office and move this to a larger container or directly to the compost bin or raised beds to feed the worms.

If you’re ever in the Plano area, please stop by and visit us at 906 18th Street, which is just north of historic downtown Plano.

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