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The Running for Real Podcast

Dec 9, 2022

Nick Cutsumpas admits that going for a run with him can be “a hassle” because he’ll stop to take pictures of plants. That just comes with the territory when your running companion is “Farmer Nick,” host of Netflix’s Instant Dream Home. An urban gardener and landscape designer, Nick believes that the more you’re connected to nature, the more likely you are to act with its best interest in mind. His new book, Plant Coach: The Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Plants and the Planet, revolves around the idea that plants are stepping stones towards sustainability, the botanical bridge that will allow you to connect differently with nature.

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