How it all began…

When I was young, I didn’t think it odd at all that my Mom knew where to look for spring asparagus and morel mushrooms in the woods around her hometown in southern Indiana.I thought that everyone knew where to find Yerba Buena growing in the redwood groves of the Oakland hills and watercress in the running streams.Summer trips to the southern end of the San Francisco Bay were to buy tomatoes, corn and strawberries in Fremont; cherries and pears in what is now Silicon Valley.

When I was a tot, our family located in Castro Valley when my parents moved part and parcel to their newly adopted state of California.Years passed, my family moved to Oakland, life happened, yet my mother continued my lessons in “putting up” food, foraging, keeping chickens, and home keeping as Urbanites in the city.Fast forward and I find myself back in Castro Valley, the keeper of knowledge for our family recipes and gardening techniques and smack dab in the middle of the new wave of Urban Farming.

Celebrating Earth Day Every Day

Each year, on Earth Day, I’m reminded of this favorite quote:

“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
~ John Muir


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