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Alumni Spotlight: Leslie Bosson ’11: Creating Holistic and Sustainable Gardens

 

Leslie Bosson is the founder of Urbangro, an ecological garden design company dedicated to helping people grow their own food through environmentally conscious and ethically driven design. Leslie graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor in Interior Architecture from Florida International University, where she was also the recipient of the Festival of the Trees Scholarship Award.

Soon after graduating, Bosson volunteered with the Miami Science Museum, where she helped build and maintain the Vertical Integrated Greenhouse™, a high-yield hydroponic growing system for building facades and large atriums. What most intrigued Leslie from the perspective of an interior designer was how one could incorporate the basic human need of food within a built environment. This experience eventually led her to become certified in Permaculture Design, a holistic design science with an emphasis on three basic principles: “Care for the Earth,” “Care for the People,” and “Share the Surplus.”

Drawing from the values and ethics of Permaculture, Leslie founded Urbangro, whose bottom line is based not on competition and profit, but rather on how to best serve humanity and the planet through ecologically sound solutions. Leslie has also received training in Edible Forest Gardens, Holistic Management and Watershed Restoration.

Leslie’s current project is to design and install an edible garden for a local non-profit organization for adults with disabilities, Community Rehabilitation Center. The goal is to provide an annual fundraising event with most, if not all of its produce. Both students and staff are an integral part of the process. Leslie is also currently apprenticing on a local farm, Little River Market Garden, in the hopes of one day owning and operating her own sustainable farm.

For more information on Leslie and Urbangro, visit her website www.urbangro.com or her facebook page, follow her on twitter, and check out her photos on instagram.

 

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Leslie Bosson

Organic-Tomatoes

Organically grown tomatoes

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Organically grown mulberries

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