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LH 86: Redeem Your Ground

Using our backyards with purpose.

One of the initial reasons I started the Living Homegrown Podcast was to share the stories of people I met through my work as a garden writer or as a TV producer with the Growing A Greener World TV show (on PBS). In finding guests to feature, I often found myself having conversations with them that were so fun and interesting!

The bad part was…none of these conversations were ever on camera. They were private chats that I always wished were more shareable.

That was how the idea of the Living Homegrown Podcast first started. As you know, the podcast has morphed into what it is today – where I include DIY trainings and interviews on the topics of preserving, small-space food growing and sustainable living.

But I still love sharing stories of how people are making a difference.

Well, this week’s episode is one of those conversations. It’s a sharing of one person’s journey to creating his passion in the growing food/sustainable living world that we love.

On this episode, I talk to Doug Scott. He shares how he followed his calling, which is a complete 180 from his schooling and successful business career. And he is so much more fulfilled because of it.

Doug is the owner of the landscape design firm, Redeem Your Ground®. He also runs a companion blog/website (by the same name) with his wife. His focus is to connect families with each other through the nature in their own backyard.

You will learn:

  • Why sometimes school and business aren’t the only measure of success
  • How following your passion can lead to following your dreams
  • Life lessons that come from raising chickens
  • What nature deficit disorder is
  • How “redeeming your ground” leads to other redemptions
  • 3 Tips for getting started in your own yard
  • And more…


Doug Scott:

Doug graduated from Vanderbilt and also holds a MBA. He started out working in the corporate world.

But one day, he realized that the work he was doing didn’t align with his passion for family, the outdoors, and landscape design.

So he shifted gears.

Today, his passion is connecting families with each other, through the nature in their very own backyard. And he is masterful at helping people make those connections.

Doug and Brittany live just outside of Atlanta with their two daughters, 7 chickens, 2 garden cats, and 1 bunny.

Coming Soon: We are featuring Doug and his Redeem Your Ground mission on an upcoming episode of Growing A Greener World (spring/summer 2017) on PBS. We will come back and link to the episode when it goes live.


Resources & Links Mentioned:

Redeem Your Ground® Website

The Video of Redeem Your Ground

“Our Backyard Chickens Do Have Names”Article on Doug’s Chicken Coop (photo below)

Growing A Greener World TV Show

Last Child in the Woods* – Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, a book by Richard Louv


Doug’s Chicken Coop:

Click photo to read more about Doug’s chickens.


Click here for the full transcript for Episode #86

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.


  • Doug says:

    Hey T’Loe…thanks so much for letting me tell part of the Redeem Your Ground story…at least the first part…the why. What an honor…and a lot of fun! Hopefully your listeners will be either inspired or informed. Take care and thanks again my friend! – Doug

    • theresa says:

      Thank you for coming on the show Doug! I know your message resonated with them. I so appreciate you taking the time to come share your story.

  • Laura R says:

    Hi Theresa and Doug,

    What a fabulous podcast. I have listened to it several times. It REALLY struck a chord, and inspired me in numerous ways. It was truly heartwarming, and I only wish I knew then what I know now LOL. You summed it up beautifully.

    • theresa says:

      That is so awesome Laura. Thanks so much for letting us know you enjoyed this one! Love the feedback. 🙂

    • Doug says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the podcast Laura…and that it struck a chord with you. That’s what living is all about, right…making connections with people, sharing with impacting them in a positive way. And as a result, life is richer and more textured…for all involved. I’ll shut up…but thanks! – Doug

  • Jesse says:

    Hey Theresa and Doug,

    what great education on the basic due it yourself and reap the reward of garden, exercise, fresh air, meditation and so many more good feeling about life,
    thank you Theresa for looking for those special people out there like (DOUG SCOTT) that are living a simple life and sharing it with us to learn what we can do to ease our brains.

    • theresa says:

      You are welcome Jesse. I’m happy to share stories like Doug’s. (Plus, he’s just awesome) I will be on the lookout for more. 🙂

    • Doug says:

      Thanks so much Jesse, so glad you enjoyed the podcast.. Yes…I’d live a simpler, deeper, truer, intentional life any day over a complicated, shallow, grey, haphazard life. But ironically that’s not always easy. Thanks for reminding me that what I’m trying to do is important and not all that common! Take care and thanks again Jesse, Doug

  • Renee says:

    Thank you for a wonderful podcast! I will enter retirement this year and this episode only confirmed my belief that now is the time to move on and do what brings me joy. Any second thoughts have been silenced. Moving on with future plans! God bless!

  • Renee Mustard says:

    Hi Theresa and Doug! What a great podcast! You philosophy on our outdoor space really hits home with me. I have really implemented these thoughts in my yard which also is make up of many “rooms”. The don’t always look wonderful at once but I enjoy every single one for it’s own unique area. That chicken coop is a dream coop! One day……

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