We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily and Larry Parker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily and Larry, what advice would you give to someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds?
Don’t give up before you even attempt something, If you do, you will never know if you would have been successful. Not knowing and regret is much worse than failure.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We now digitally consult with clients on the best methods, techniques, and materials for successful gardening in central Texas. We feel that we are set apart by our ability to focus on the unique difficulties that come with gardening in Texas. This allows us to cater specifically to our client’s aspirations for their gardens. We are working diligently toward are excited about the future possibilities of using technology and the internet to reach a wider audience and added convenience for our clients. We have arrived at our present state by sacrifice and determination toward our goals whether in business or our personal lives. It has not been easy, but with the help of our clients and family our experience has been enjoyable. To overcome the challenges, we face we fight to stay encouraged by our faith, family, and relishing in the joy of gardening. Lessons we take with us every day are do not be afraid to ask for help, treat others as you would like to be treated, share the joy of life in the garden. Our story is one that we hope offers encouragement, perseverance, and delight. We are glad that we work with the Earth and that the Earth works with us. We just want to be a support for our community and a guide for others who want to do the same.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
In DFW our first stop would have to be Fork in the Road in Arlington for some Crackaroni and a burger. We have to check out the closest of the Freeplay arcade establishments. We have to visit Fort Worth Zoo and the Botanical Gardens. We might go to a few breweries like Division Brewery, Legal Draft Brewery, and we cannot forget Dirty Job Brewery in Mansfield. We would have to make a stop to check out Texas Live at Globe Life Park. We have to check in with the Arlington Foodies and their Farmer’s Market. Lastly, we would have to get some Thai Food from Thai Basil on Park Row. Here in Central Texas where we now reside our first stop would have to be B-Town burgers. Then we would have to go down to the lake, take a hike at Miller Springs , and hit up Miller’s Smokehouse in Belton. Lastly, a visit would not be complete without a visit to Fire Street Pizza.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Foremost are the ladies of Farm to Fork Foods. First is Karen Dotson, she helped us take our idea, give it life and a home. Her willingness to offer her storefront, business guidance, and humor in our gardening endeavors will forever be priceless. Next is Kristen Mott Robinson – Her continued encouragement and enthusiasm for our business and friendship is still an inspiration. We cannot forget Mona Landers and the ladies of Sew Fabricated for providing our daily reprieve with humor, snacks, friendship and Funk music! We also need to thank Nicholas and Kristi Burtner of The School of Permaculture. They gave us a lifelong opportunity to expand and share in the knowledge of working with the land and nature for the best relationship possible. The knowledge we gained from our instruction there is invaluable. We must give our deepest gratitude to all our many clients because our business would not exist without them. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share our love of gardening with you and letting us into your hearts and homes. Finally, we thank our family and friends. Without their support and guidance, we would not have been as successful with our business as we have been. Forgive us if we have missed anyone. We love and appreciate you all, Emily and Larry Parker (Squishy Squash Edible Landscapes)

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