About Me

Hello, fellow flower

I have recently decided to become a farmer-florist and have yet to start this business or even redesign my website to reflect this change (Honest farmers are good farmers!) I’m still a diehard veggie fan, always will be.  But until I figure out this new chapter in my life, I’m still rolling with this…


I am on a journey to live a more sustainable life.  And I’m on a MISSION to inspire and teach you how to grow your own food.  Straightforward, no-nonsense, good-for-Mother-Earth gardening

Thing is, before I learned how to garden, I had absolutely no clue where to start.  Like, really.  Zero clues. 

I was totally overwhelmed by the amount of books, websites, and pins that existed about gardening.  I didn’t know which gardening “camp” I fit into – cause apparently, there are tons of those.  Striking any internal chords? 

Well, fast forward five years and I’ve grown a lot of food.  Tens of thousands of pounds of it, in fact, in over 150 different places.  I’ve taught dozens of individuals, from toddlers to their grandparents, how to prep, plant and maintain their own gardens.  I’ve gardened for homeless communities and I’ve gardened on opulent estates.  I’ve grown non-profit community farms, school gardens, rooftops and backyards galore.


Community Urban Farm in Detroit - DTE Energy Garden, Allen Park, MI - Heirloom Soul
This is the one of the first farms I learned how to grow food on, and my favorite place I’ve ever gardened to date.


It all makes my eyes glaze over in awe, all of the individuals I have had the pleasure of learning from.

And to say this with all the humbleness I can muster:  All of the people I have helped feed and inspire to live healthier lives by growing their own food.

So, growing organic food is my main shtick; however, as a crazy person (forest flower) that tends to become obsessed with new life offerings by the week, you might also catch me writing about a seasonal healthy recipe I enjoyed (my food photos are pretty terrible, you’ve been warned), becoming a better person (the struggle is real my people) and wild edible plants I find growing in the sidewalks of Chicago.  That’s where I live, by the way.

I’m so glad you’re here.  

Please follow me on Instagram, here: @heirloomsoul for more frequent updates.



Fran DePalma | Heirloom Soul | Organic Edible Gardens