A Silver Lake resident for 6 years now, Nicole is a marketing pro and an avid landscape designer and organic gardener. She’s also a vegan/vegetarian cook and is very interested in exploring plant-based meals—especially when whole food ingredients are part of the recipe.
Nicole takes advantage of the great outdoors with bike rides in Griffith Park and camping just outside of the LA lights in the Los Angeles National Forest. She loves attending cultural events—everything from art exhibits to LA’s obscure haunts to a smorgasbord of musical concerts.
PS—finding a cute puppy is not out of the question!
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I love gardening because it allows people to really connect with what Mother Nature can provide to us. The mechanisms that are involved in growing your own food may seem complicated at first, but once you understand the way in which these vegetables grow, you can see how simple it is. I want to share this enjoyment and spread the "farm to table" movement throughout the community.
What are the top three things you love about your neighborhood?
I love that we have the option to go to our local neighborhood council meetings to express our concerns or ideas for all the community to hear. I like that we take pride in supporting our local farmers market. I like that we have steep hills and a certain charm that you can't find elsewhere in Los Angeles!
What about The Urban Helper’s mission resonates with you?
My purpose in teaching and exploring more urban vegetable gardening lies in the desire to restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony in general. The more veggie gardens the happier the bees, the butterflies, and the natural habitat surrounding the garden. Overall, growing your own food is beneficial for you and for the community.
I also see this purpose in The Urban Helper's mission, as an ecosystem, there are many skillful people who can connect and share their strengths to create a larger, vibrant, healthy and productive community.