Monthly Archives: June 2013

ELP Work Party

(Event Sponsored by TA Food Group)
June 30, 2013 @ 10:30 am - Event Details

Our garden is looking fabulous and will soon require new starts for beds where we have harvested lettuce, peas, and dark green leafy vegetables. Would you like to donate some?

Beans will be coming in in force very soon and we are pleased that the Bay Area Mission will be benefitting from our harvests through the agency of Bay Food Shed.

This work party will focus on protection, signage, tying up, and planting We need to construct new protection for the delicate persimmon tree with a roll of hardware cloth (the current system is affecting its new leaves). We’ll tie up the Tayberry canes, and plant young currant bushes, lemon verbena and a grape (to grow on an eventual archway over one of the paths), and some seeds (chives, beets, lettuce, collard, beans) as well as any starts people bring.

We would like to paint permanent signs for the perennial plants and trees. Ideas and materials welcomed!



Posted in , , , , on June 21, 2013

Garden-Sharing – A view from the Ground

From Pamela O’Malley Chang, Berkeley, CA, April 2013

Pam's gardenWayde, my  first garden-share partner, was a Merritt College horticulture student. We connected via, exchanged e-mails, and arranged a time for Wayde to meet my weedy backyard.

I’ve worked in gardens most of my life but I don’t have much experience with west coast vegetable gardens. I’d grown cherry tomatoes in my Berkeley backyard and tried other things but, between deer, snails, and insufficient time and effort, I hadn’t had much success. Wayde, by contrast, was motivated, energetic, and knowledgeable. Within a month of our connecting, Wayde whacked the weeds, brought in soil and mulch, and laid out planting areas. Later he brought seedlings from the Merritt College greenhouses – strawberries, mustard, broccoli, kale. We worked together when I was free – hauling mulch, planting, weeding, and repairing a fence to keep out deer – but Wayde also came by to weed and water in my absence.

Over several months, I enjoyed getting to know Wayde and his wife Taryn. As we weeded, the three of us would talk about our various experiences as Peace Corps volunteers, moving to California, about Taryn’s life in med school and my experiences as an acupuncturist, about weeds and grafting apple trees. And then, at the end of the growing season, Wayde and Taryn moved back to the midwest.


Posted in Community Building, Economy, Food and Agriculture, Resources on June 21, 2013