Tyler Frank decided he needed to buy equipment for his start-up. But lacking enough cash and good credit, he couldn’t afford it. Instead of giving up on his business, he decided to give up his apartment. Frank moved into a tent on the business’s new property, and lived there while saving money and commuting time. That business, Garbage to Garden, is now one of the most successful of its kind in the country.

Like most start-ups, Garbage to Garden had humble beginnings. Frank and his roommates in Portland liked to compost but without a backyard, they were forced to use his mother’s yard in North Yarmouth. One day his roommate made a comment about how much easier it would be to just put the food scraps out on the side of the road and have it taken away like recycling. The seed for Garbage to Garden was planted.

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Tyler Frank