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  • Imagine my backyard six months ago. It was filled with layers of broken glass, rusted metal, voracious weeds, and crumbling foundations after years of neglect and misuse. But when I married my wife Elisa and moved into our new home, all I saw in this open space was the amazing potential.

    I've lived in New York City for almost ten years now, but at my core, I'm still a son of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The urge to awaken my inner Thomas Jefferson and to connect with nature runs deep. I call myself a "gentleman farmer" with a dual purpose of fostering hospitality in my local community and coaxing verdant life to burst forth from the ground. I love the opportunity to step outside after a long day in front of the computer screen as a designer to touch something real, living, and breathing... and to invite others around me to join in and create something special.

    And so with dirt under my fingernails, I'm working to transform this humble corner of Brooklyn in a most remarkable way: not just with plantings, flowers, vegetables, herbs, and berries... but into a communal gathering space that invites you to linger, listen, and truly live.

    This is actually the second garden I'm building quite literally from the ground up. Two years ago, my former backyard was also filled with the detritus of yesteryear, and a small army of friends helped to transform it into a beautiful space. I started curating a series called the Epic Backyard Movie Night and welcomed my neighbors and friends to the enjoy a full outdoor theater experience: fresh popcorn, blankets on the dewy grass, twinkling lights, even a homemade preview reel. Elisa and I plan to continue that tradition in our new backyard, lighting up the summer nights with bright smiles, inspiring stories, and buttery popcorn.

    We also want to welcome artists to explore the space, neighbors to share a meal around a table together, kids to play in an urban wonderland, and friends to find a quiet place of rest and rejuvenation.

    This is my backyard now. It's not much, but it's home. It's a work in process, and you're invited to come make it your own. Such are the dreams we are growing now.
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