“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” This is one of my favorite quotes because I spent so much of my life second-guessing myself about everything.

My interest in the green industry started early when attending Essex Agricultural and Technical High in Hawthorne, Mass., majoring in Natural Resources. While in high school, I was accepted into a program called The SCA (Student Conservation Association), which allowed me to live and work in rural Tennessee and lead the first-ever all-female SCA crew. We spent a month clearing and maintaining a 5-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. We lived with no running water, no electricity, no cell phones.

Once I got a taste of success and started to gain confidence in my late teens, I became excited and motivated to build a career in the landscape industry. However, the path forward was not without its challenges.

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