Doug Adams

What is your professional background/expertise?

Sound engineer turned marketing/advertising finance professional turned urban farmer!

How did you come to know/work with Kelley Oklesson/Groundsmith Collective?

Contributed images from New Brooklyn Farms project rendering to a stormwater management project Kelley was working on for UDC; attended an interactive 3-day landscaping training course taught by Kelley at UDC

What was something that you learned while working with Kelley?

Invaluable insight and perspective on transitioning into and thriving as an entrepreneur in the world green infrastructure

Were there any challenges or changes in plans and how did Kelley handle it?

On day 3 of the UDC landscaping course in the field, one of the students mistakenly broke a large branch of a sweet magnolia tree. Kelley ingeniously turned the mishap into a demonstration of how to correctly propagate the broken branch into sapling that can be planted.

What did you enjoy about working with Kelley and how did she compare to working with other design professionals?

I had the pleasure of learning from Kelley in a classroom and field settings, and I can say that she is both extremely knowledgeable yet earnest, practical yet ambitious, and professional yet relatable.

How did working with a designer impact the outcome of your project?

Provided a critically fundamental sense of clarity, organization, and grand vision that elevates the trajectory of the project.

Share an inspiring quote.

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”