Jennifer Shackleton is a soap crafter and greenhouse grower specializing in herb plants. Jennifer began cultivating her interest in plants and nature as a young child roaming the woods at her grandparents’ farm near Rough River Lake in Kentucky. In 2005, she formed a business called The Herb Shack growing culinary and medicinal herb plants in an environmentally friendly way. She uses organic growing practices on her plants and sells them in biodegradable pots instead of plastic containers. In 2008, she expanded by leasing an existing wholesale greenhouse business growing bedding plants, hanging baskets, premium 4.5″ annuals, perennials, herbs & vegetables, and garden mums. This business she called Bearcamp Botanics. The property and greenhouses needed much clean-up, repair, and business traffic. After working very hard for 2 years to make the business profitable, she had to make the heart-breaking decision to close it. The number one rule as to why most businesses fail is LACK of CAPITAL! She gained a tremendous amount of knowledge being able to grow in both glass and plastic greenhouses and had the privilege to work with 3 older ladies she called “The Golden Girls”. This blog is about the journey. The journey of leaving the big business, going back to the grassroots herb business, and learning/sharing how to grow and use the herb plants. Oh, and her paid occupation is as a professional violist in the Louisville Orchestra. Enjoy!