Growing up in San Diego with a father who was raised on a Nebraska farm, Larry spent childhood summers helping his parents grow much of the family's fruits and vegetables. After earning an advanced engineering degree from Stanford University, Larry spent 30 years in the high tech world in Portland before returning to his roots to found Verdura Culinary Gardens. An avid organic gardener and woodworker, Larry is known to be able to build or fix anything. He loves working one-on-one with Verdura clients to solve their specific challenges.
Larry was a certified landscape professional through the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board. He was licensed for all phases of landscaping including irrigation and backflow.
Caroline’s forays into gardening started when, as a determined 11-year-old, she attempted growing snow peas on the back deck of her parents’ Bay Area home. She went on to raise her own family on homegrown organic vegetables, teaching her sons to cook and garden along the way.
Caroline spent over 25 years in the graphic design and marketing fields, founding and running Fox Creative, a respected creative agency on the Portland scene throughout the 1990s. She left the marketing world to follow her lifelong passion for cooking, attending culinary school at the Robert Reynolds Chef Studio and receiving her degree in 2007. A talented designer and experienced organic gardener, Caroline understands the connection between fresh local ingredients and great food.