LOCAL Houston | The City Guide September 2017 - Page 56

COMMUNITY HARVESTING CHANGE IN THE CITY THE FARMER IN THE HEIGHTS Stepping onto a tree-lined residential street off White Oak, you expect to see some flowers here and there, maybe a singular fruit tree in a couple backyards, but it’s hard to think that Houston would allow for the weather, let alone the space or time, to have an actual garden or even a small farm. However, once you turn onto Wrightwood, you’ll find real estate agent JONATHAN CORREIA’S house and his lush side lawn full of fruit trees, flowers, vegetables and a newly acquired beehive. When asked how he acquired the land, he cites the generosity of the City of Houston. “They were just excited someone wanted to use the empty lot; it’s considered a wildlife sanctuary now,” he replies nonchalantly as we walk around the yard. His love of food and cooking began at a young age, from childhood to culinary school to coming to Houston and working for the Mandola restaurant family. He sees food and cooking for others as a show of love, rather than a chore, because “everybody loves food,” he says with a smile. Besides his love of food, the act of growing something, especially a piece of healthy food that can be eaten by those that grew it, is a huge lesson that can help shape future generations who might not be informed about healthy eating habits. While being a chef and culinary expert makes sense with Correia’s love of gardening, real estate seems like a drastic change. Yet, it speaks directly to his strengths. “The people skills I acquired and my interest in area history and culture made real estate the smart choice. Moreover, the flexibility in real estate has given me the time to volunteer with the Harris County Master Gardener Association and bring my passion for horticulture to the citizens of our county хєt Ёѡ5ѕȁɑȁͽѥ)!ѽ́ݕѼх́ٔɕͥ䁥ɽݥѡѼх͍Ց)ٕȁѡ䰁ѕѡЁѡ䁡̸($)9ܰ́ɕхєаٕ́݅䁡́ɽݸեЁȁٕх̃LͽѼ䃊Ĺѥ́ݡ)͕́ɽ七q$ѡЁݡЁݡɔѡeɔѼ٥$ЁѡЁȁѡи$܁ѡ)׊eٔЁɐѱ'eٔԁѱͅյɕͼѡЁѡɕЁЁɥЁѡɔ)ѵЁݥѠݥ܁́ɉ̻t)9ݽȁ́ͥ́ѥՕ́Ѽɽܸ) -鵅)AѽɅ䁉Iɕ()0< 0)͕ѕȀ