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Rich Patterson starts new business

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A new business has formed to encourage people to transform their yard and home into wondrous places that enhance natural beauty, stimulate curiosity, and provide economic benefit while yielding solitude, peace, exercise, and satisfaction.
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A new business has formed to encourage people to transform their yard and home into wondrous places that enhance natural beauty, stimulate curiosity, and provide economic benefit while yielding solitude, peace, exercise, and satisfaction.
WINDING PATHWAYS LLC is based at the home of Marion and Rich Patterson in Cedar Rapids, Iowa,   and incorporates practices they have advocated for the past four decades.  These include natural landscaping, children’s playscapes, attracting diverse wildlife, growing and harvesting food, and creating places of solitude, contemplation and peace in the yard.
Rich Patterson recently completed a 39 year career as director of two privately funded nature centers.   His many successful endeavors include ecological restoration, energy efficiency, environmental education and outdoor recreation.
Marion Patterson taught in public schools and colleges in Massachusetts, Idaho and Iowa.  She is a certified labyrinth facilitator and Healing Arts practitioner. She is experienced in natural landscaping, involving children in nature, foraging, writing and developing tranquility.
The Pattersons raised two children in a suburban yard they shared with a diversity of native plants, wildlife, a large vegetable garden and a small flock of chickens. Their children delighted playing in the yard and helped produce food.
Winding Pathways LLC blends blogging, writing, and consulting with a dynamic website that provides frequently updated tips on how to produce food in the yard, reduce energy costs, create playscapes and incorporate native plants. The site address is windingpathways.com.
The Pattersons are available to consult in such diverse areas as ecological restoration, ecological assessments,   and labyrinth program facilitation and planning.
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