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FruitScapes and Pine Island Tropicals
Throughout the United States, entrepreneurs are rethinking the way we live and work. Their efforts celebrate the handmade, support local economies, and enliven our communities. Martha and the editors of Living selected this group of innovative honorees, all of whom are revitalizing their fields.
Stephen Cucura, Jesse Avalos, and Donna and Gary Schneider
These two companies, which specialize in growing tropical plants and fruits, are building a successful market for unusual mangoes and other rarities.
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Smith Family Farm
Margaret and Lucian Smith
Bar Harbor, Maine
At Mount Desert Island’s only remaining dairy farm, the Smiths raise Jersey cows and heritage pigs, grow produce, and sell artisanal dairy products, meats, fruits, and vegetables to locals.
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Portola Paints & Glazes
Jamie Davis and Casey Davis
The Davis brothers are admittedly obsessed with color. The two have turned their father’s small paint shop into a thriving, environmentally conscious business.
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Little River Sock Mill
Fort Payne, Alabama
Having grown up in the former “world’s sock capital,” Locklear witnessed much of the town’s manufacturing move overseas. Determined to stem this tide, she is revitalizing her family’s sock business and bringing jobs back to the community.
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Viraj Puri, Eric Haley, and Jennifer Nelkin Frymark
New York City
This trio is remaking the urban-food landscape by converting unused city rooftops into verdant greenhouses that grow pesticide-free produce year-round.
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Annie’s Annuals & Perennials
With her catalog of distinctive plants—including an extensive selection of California natives and old-fashioned flowers—Hayes is helping to diversify the gardening landscape of the U.S.
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Harrisville, New Hampshire
The forms may be simple, but Sandback’s tables are anything but. The artist and inventor embellishes each piece of furniture with inlaid nails, inspired by old fabrics or Japanese stencils.
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Rainbow Iris Farm
Kelly D. Norris
Norris’s childhood dream came true at age 15, when he talked his parents into buying an iris farm. The mail-order company offers unusual varieties. (And Norris focuses on hybridizing.)
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Jane Scott Hodges
For Hodges, “every piece of linen tells a story.” Her great-grandmother’s monogrammed collection inspired a line of handcrafted linens that feature modern color palettes and patterns.