We had the good fortune of connecting with Whitney Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Whitney, how does your business help the community?
I first started Plant Grow Eat with changing the world in mind! How can I make an impact? And that impact has evolved into teaching people that they can grow organic food, to benefit their minds, bodies and the planet. There’s a mindful meditation that comes with growing food, thinking it through, tending to it, and finally eating it, which also obviously has its health benefits. In terms of the planet. Growing organic food provides a way to be super local, which reduces pollution, along with reducing the use of pesticides and other chemicals. It’s good from every angle!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started Plant Grow Eat as a way to bring people together, growing food. You grow the tomatoes, and I’ll grow the cucumbers, and let’s come together and make a salad. Let’s do it organically to keep ourselves, our families and the planet as healthy as possible. Let’s create a community, where we can share our questions and experiences, because I can guarantee that you are not the only person who has experienced this. Let’s take advantage of the meditative and immunity benefits of gardening and growing food, and let’s teach our children while they’re young and open that this is where food comes from, and it’s a good thing. I’m not looking for the sale, I’m interested in sharing what I know to make a difference. I don’t build your garden or sell you a garden kit and move on to the next. Your success is my goal, and whatever you need, I’m here for, for however long. I had a customer from five years ago send me a picture of a bug, asking me if it was a good bug or a bad one. Providing the comfort for you to text me a picture for years to come is the community of Plant Grow Eat. And allowing my initial vision to evolve has kept it exciting and fun for me, while also providing even more for people who want to get growing, and that also makes me very happy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m from Los Angeles and love LA! As an Angeleno, I want to share the various cultures, which includes neighborhoods and food, while also including our natural and man-made attractions. Like, let’s go Downtown and hit Olvera Street and China Town and Little Tokyo, grab a French Dip from Philippe’s then take the long way through some cool residential neighborhoods like Los Feliz and Hancock Park to Hollywood Boulevard, where we can get a Side Car and steak at Musso and Frank after strolling the Walk of Fame. Head to the beach and drive the coast to iconic Malibu, taking a canyon back to the valley… It’s endless. Of course, there’s Beverly Hills, Maps to the Stars, Disneyland, Fairfax Ave, with amazing Mexican, Jewish Deli, Soul Food and so much more. I love LA!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I need to give a huge Shoutout to my community, which also includes my family. From the very kernel of this idea, before I even officially launched five years ago, people supported and hired me. From my first customer who was looking for help with her home garden, to my kids’ elementary school administration, fellow parent volunteers and teachers who allowed me to run with creating a full-force garden program, that branched to neighboring schools, to the word of mouth around town that grew my vision in ways that have taken me to where I am now, creating garden kits and an online destination for those to find lessons and support and whatever they personally need to grow their own food. Thank you to my Valley Village! You rock!
Pic 1 was by Tameka Jacob All others by Whitney Wade