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When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the world down in early 2020, many people reevaluated their career paths. Danielle Lacroix, the owner of Green Mountain Gardening, left her job at Stop and Go to create her own gardening business.

BRATTLEBORO — When the COVID-19 pandemic closed the world down in early 2020, many people re-evaluated their career paths.

Danielle Lacroix, the owner of Green Mountain Gardening, was working at the Stop and Go service station in Brattleboro when the local day care centers closed because of the pandemic, which forced her to take a part-time role so she could care for her child.

It was tough for her, being a single mother; she had to leave the job in June 2020. That summer, she started her own gardening business.

“I always loved gardening. During COVID, I re-evaluated my life, and decided that gardening is where I wanted to be,” said Lacroix. “I brought on an employee this summer. I’ve had more business than I can handle.”

Lacroix said the experience has been really freeing, and she gets to enjoy the outdoors more. With her business growing, she hopes to expand next summer and hire more employees.