Growing People: How Green Landscapes and Garden Spaces can Change Lives

Growing People: How Green Landscapes and Garden Spaces can Change Lives


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Growing People: How Green Landscapes and Garden Spaces can Change Lives by James S. Beard ASLA AOLCP, Christopher Jossart

A renowned land care expert of 40 years teamed up with an award-winning writer to bring you a blend of story-telling landscape architectures and simple steps to making your own Beds, Bales, Buckets, & Brews system for growing organic vegetables.

Growing People is two books in one with stories of life-changing green immersions and a revolutionary organic growing system that runs itself on one solar panel. The Beds, Bales, Buckets, and Brews system was piloted at a major health care system in 2015, and its harvest received "best-tasting" results from an executive chef. The system is now making its way into more hospitals, schools, and backyards of everyday gardeners like you and me.

Beard and Jossart have earned both international and national media coverage for their work spanning more than 60 years between the two of them, and Growing People has already landed in several retail establishments since its release just six months ago. Now the book is enjoying its first spring.

There is nothing on the shelves like this read when it comes to innovation, simplicity, and preserving our hips, knees, and back when gardening! Have fun growing organic vegetables in any space in very little time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495160943
Publisher: PageTurner Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

James Beard, ASLA, AOLCP

Jim has more than 40 years of both industry experience and as an instructor. His work in the landscape design and construction ?eld included the likes of serving as director of facilities for St. Norbert College and as an architect for Boldt, with additional industry experience in project management. Prior to his professional work, Jim served nearly four years in the United States
Army—which included a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Certified in Organic Land Care from the Northeast Organic
Farming Association and as a state-level Certified Landscape
Architect, Jim's green thumb roots are rich in history. In the mid-1970s, he led volunteers in the implementation of organic play pockets for children, families, and schools in Green Bay.
The effort grew into a model for volunteers to follow in other regions as well. Play pockets were also put in communities around northern Illinois and in the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan—about 190 in all, covering three states when the project was said and done in the early 1980s. Jim earned three awards as a result of the play pocket movement, including a State Senate Proclamation and the 1977
Wisconsin Jaycee's Outstanding Young Man award.

Jim has directed the time and talents of volunteers on several other notable landscape construction projects and green makeovers as lead Horticulture instructor at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC). A 9/11 Memorial in Greenville, the Hartling Family Rose Garden, a series of organic gardens for ThedaCare, and the Green Roof Rest Station—recognized as a Gold Medal structure from the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association, are just a few of the marks he and his students have made on others.

The winner of the 2008 H. Victor Baldi Excellence in Instruction award at FVTC, Jim's passion for education is found in his ongoing commitment to high-tech learning resources at FVTC. He was the brainchild behind the college's development of the Lowe's Foundation Sustainable Greenhouse, Hydroponics Lab, and the Ron Amos Horticulture Tissue Lab (which was made possible by the generosity of Evergreen Nursery Company, Inc. and Boldt).

Today, Jim serves as an Emeritus Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects while

continuing to teach as lead instructor in the Horticulture Technician program at FVTC. He enjoys giving a wide range of lectures across the state and Midwest, particularly on his new growing systems: Beds, Bales, Buckets, and Brews.

Christopher Jossart

Chris is a public relations management professional with 22 years of experience in the non-profit, corporate, and education fields. His 14 years of instructional experience in higher education grew into a new venture as a personal branding trainer for both individuals and corporations in 2014. The culinary arts, human services, information technology, horticulture, and educational industries have all benefitted thus far from Chris' expertise in personal brand development.

In addition, Chris is an author, award-winning editor in higher education for a college magazine, and writer with international bylines, in addition to ghostwriting nationally-published content for doctorate-level professionals. His first book, The Human Search Engine: It's what you think you know about a job search that keeps you unemployed, has been adopted as a textbook in accredited higher education, used by Division 1 collegiate athletes as a career planning guide, and implemented as supplemental learning material for college students in life skills studies. The book, which gained national recognition as a job search model on behalf of the 103rd United States Congress, is now a second edition based on demand. It can be found at

As a persuasive writer, Chris has written seven winning nominations for individuals and organizations related to both community recognition events and initiatives in business and industry. These ventures gained media attention, and in some cases, financial support for non-profit organizations. In 2004, Chris also wrote curriculum for a program designed to teach elementary-aged youth about personal safety; the learning module received both corporate sponsorship and praise from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Chris' leadership in public relations was instrumental in Fox Valley Technical College's (FVTC) passage of a $66.5 million public referendum in 2012. His work for the college has appeared in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, United States Department of Labor Newsletter, the Community College Times, and Christian Science Monitor, to name a few. Earlier in his career, Chris presented and consulted at state and national conferences on volunteer recruitment and management. Most recently, he gave the keynote address at FVTC's 2015 HSED/GED Graduation Ceremony and narrated a series of online learning objects for WISC-Online, a digital library designed to improve learning for students in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Chris also authored a learning object on WISC-Online in 2007 for the manufacturing industry.

Chris holds a Master of Arts degree in Managerial Communications and a Provisional Teaching Certificate from the Wisconsin Technical College System. He just released his second book, Growing People: How green landscapes and garden spaces can change lives, which includes a Welcome message from national garden expert, author, and TV/radio host, Melinda Myers. The book highlights the 40-year journey of award-winning educator Jim Beard, whose work has inspired the minds, hands, and hearts of thousands of people.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! You can tell Mr. Beard takes great pride in his work. I cannot wait to grow my own straw bale garden this summer!