Welcome to Sticking Up For Life!

I’m Denise Crawley, a passionate gardener dedicated to empowering individuals to grow their own food and create sustainable gardens. My mission is to help you transform your outdoor spaces into thriving, edible landscapes that promote health, sustainability, and self-sufficiency.

Why Grow Your Own Food?

Our global food system faces significant challenges due to trade restrictions, global conflicts, and climate-related disasters. These issues disrupt supply chains, leading to inflated food prices and decreased quality. Additionally, many commercial food producers prioritize profits over health, resulting in food that often lacks nutritional value and is laden with harmful chemicals.

The Benefits of Gardening

By growing your own food, you take control of what you eat, ensuring it’s fresh, nutritious, and free from harmful chemicals. Gardening also has numerous environmental benefits:

  • Purifies Air and Water: Plants filter out pollutants, contributing to cleaner air and water.
  • Reduces Carbon Footprint: Home gardening reduces the need for transportation and packaging, which lowers your carbon footprint.
  • Enhances Biodiversity: Growing a variety of plants supports local ecosystems and wildlife.

Join Our Community

By supporting our cause for just $5 a month, you can join my gardening community and access everything you need to start growing your own food. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Step-by-Step Tutorials: Easy-to-follow guides on sustainable gardening techniques that simplify the process of growing your own food.
  • Personalized Gardening Coach: Your own AI assistant, trained by me, will provide real-time, customized recommendations tailored to your garden’s unique conditions, your personal goals, and challenges.
  • Grow Your Own Food Database: Access a comprehensive and regularly updated database focused on Brevard County. It includes information about local weather trends, current events, and the latest updates in gardening research and science.
  • Community Connection: Engage with me and a community of like-minded gardeners. Share your experiences, ask questions, and learn from each other.
  • Monthly Emails – What to Plant Now!: Each month, you’ll receive an email prepping you for what to do in the upcoming month—what to plant, what to prepare for, maintenance tips and tricks. Plus, updates with the latest in gardening science and news.

Start Your Free Intro Course

To help you get started, I offer a free introductory course. This course will show you how simple and rewarding gardening can be. Watch our introduction video to learn about the importance of growing your own food, take a reflective quiz to understand your gardening potential, and get started with the basics of gardening.

About Me

I have been gardening for many years and have transformed my own 3-acre property into a thriving food forest. My approach to gardening is simple and sustainable, focusing on using natural methods to grow food without harmful chemicals. I believe that everyone can garden and that it’s a powerful way to improve health, reduce environmental impact, and build a stronger, more resilient community.

Let’s Grow Together!

Join me on this journey to create a healthier, more sustainable future. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, our community offers the resources and support you need to succeed.


Turning our yard into an edible landscape and food forest was one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. Growing our own food has been a fascinating experience that has taught us respect for nature, and appreciation for the outdoors, and now our yard is a magical and peaceful place that we enjoy being in.


We’ve learned to garden naturally, without using any chemicals or fertilizers. Natural gardening takes a little longer at first, but over time, this practice will lead to a sustainable garden that takes care of itself with little maintenance or cost.


Chickens are a huge part of our good forest garden. We started raising chickens for eggs then quickly learned how beneficial their composting skills are in the garden!!

Their constant scratching turns food scraps into soil almost overnight, and their waste serves as a nitrogen-rich amendment for our composts bins.

we hatch chicks

In addition to growing our own food, we also focus on eco-friendly plants like native species and pollinator plants.

Gardening has made us happier, healthier, and we are much better people because of it. We love to share our experiences with others, in hopes of building up more interest to help people and our ecosystem. Collectively, we can make a difference.