When Jessica’s birthday or Mothers’ day rolls around, she’s been known to request trees for presents. So, when it came time to do away with the large pond in her back yard, it was a natural fit to put in something that nurtured her gardening spirit! The process took just over one year, and with Jessica’s knowledge of square-foot gardening it has evolved into a spectacular edible landscape. More recently, she has added chickens that not only provide her family with fresh eggs, but also contribute to nutrient cycles in the garden. While Jessica labels herself as the “strange one”, we think she’s in good company in our top three Views Choice picks for 2013.