Buds Organic sells installation services and expertise only, which keeps the business legal. While they are quick to make recommendations for where to score organic seeds, the company doesn’t provide them. The ultimate goal is for the customer to eventually have all the firsthand knowledge they’d need to grow solo.
“You can read books, but there’s nothing like having someone show up and walk you through it,” Natalie says. “And, a single plant can produce 3oz, so it’s a good investment.”
While there are larger, national groups out there that might help you succeed, Buds Organic is a homegrown, small business born in DC. So far they've gained clients by word of mouth, but their website went live recently, so the floodgates have opened for those hoping to become a little more green-thumbed.
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Laura Hayes is a DC-based food, drink, and travel writer who also contributes to Washington City Paper, Food Network, Arlington Magazine, and others. She’s also worried about her mom seeing this. Follow her on Twitter: @BTMenu.