The urban agriculture movement has grown vigorously across the nation. The concept of urban agriculture, which is integrated into the urban economic and ecological system, has taken unprecedented forms. The agricultural zeitgeist of today has gained popularity for many urbanites, however,
About Mary Ensch
Mary Ensch is a social serial entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of SEEDlings, Corp., and has developed a myriad of workshops, projects and programs, ranging from labor economics to urban ecology.
A native Californian and avid traveler, Mary's passion for international development and conservation developed at an early age. Her passion matured and pushed her to complete her B.A. in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. She went on to continue post-graduate research at the London School of Economics where she received her MSc. in Local Economic Development with an emphasis in urban planning and environmental policy.
Mary Ensch is well-versed in linking the theories and practices of economics and sustainable development. Some of her research involves designing a competitive clean energy framework and model for the California IT cluster and burgeoning California cleantech transportation cluster. She has undertaken extensive fieldwork on urban regeneration projects and has collectively and independently conducted ethnographic research for the Urban Planning Department at UCLA and the University of Cambridge, UK. In addition, Mary serves on the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee and is a LEED Green Associate candidate.
A common thread in Mary’s life is art. From being a food and wine enthusiast to playing the flute, Mary finds peace and purpose in all forms of art. One of her passions lies in preserving architecture of the world with charcoal, sketch paper and her camera. She enjoys capturing the culturally old yet constantly developing nuances found in architecture and design.
Her fascination with evolving art forms in technological innovation and new urbanism reflects the perfect environmental and economic symbiosis. She believes it not only forges a strong synergy against opposing views that fall victim to the rigid dichotomy between economic growth and environmental sustainability, but also represents evolutionary artwork at the hands of human centripetal and centrifugal forces of interests.
Her professional and personal endeavors are forever intertwined in an abiding appreciation for the environment and sustainable urban planning.
Mary Ensch currently resides in Laguna Beach, CA with her Boston Bull Terrier, Molly.