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Exploring Life & Business with Matt Lebon of Custom Foodscaping

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Lebon. 

Hi Matt, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I am a proud St. Louis native. I first got started with farming as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. I went on to study permaculture and work on several farms in Israel and Brooklyn, NY. Over the years, I have become more and more fascinated with edible landscaping, organic agriculture, orcharding, and permaculture design. My most formative growth experience was at the EarthDance Organic Farm School where I left my role of farm manager in 2017. Now with CF, I’m most passionate about creating magical food moments in the everyday places we work, learn and play. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s been fairly smooth, as strange as that feels to say. We are in a really niche market so we’ve been able to grow very slowly and learn as we go. Nonetheless, there have been tons of mistakes and we keep learning with every gig. 

As you know, we’re big fans of Custom Foodscaping. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We transform ordinary spaces into beautiful, food-producing landscapes. 

Custom Foodscaping provides consultation, design, and installation services to realize your edible landscaping, farm, and garden or permaculture goals. 

We specialize in raised bed vegetable gardens, food forests, orchards, herb gardens, culinary gardens, and profitable vegetable farms. We love to work with residential clients as well as institutions including schools, universities, hospitals, community centers, and restaurants. 

We practice “ecological” edible landscaping, using methods that build soil fertility, attract pollinators and achieve water cycle restoration. For each install, our design team selects site-specific plant communities that are native and well-adapted to the St. Louis region, resilient under harsh climate conditions, and able to thrive without the use of pesticides. 

This year, we launched a new educational platform, The Foodscaper, for people who want to learn to grow ecological edible landscapes for clients. We’re bringing together the leading professional foodscapers for an online summit in January. We highly recommend The Foodscaper Summit for anyone who is inspired to create foodscapes for a living. Visit thefoodscaper.com. 

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Climbing a big apple tree, picking the fruit, and throwing it down to friends. 

I feel like this is mother nature in her most giving of moments. To share this with friends is just the best of the two things that give life meaning– connection to earth and loved ones. 

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Image Credits
Foodscape photos: Custom Foodscaping staff
Staff photo credit: Virginia Harold.

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