farm tour: by J

mariquita1 mariquita2I love spending the day walking the fields and learning about the thoughts and methods of local farmers.

Andy of Mariquita Farms known for his specialty crops, like the popularization of the padron pepper, spigarello, and many more, is one of those unique farmers who gives you a sense of the hardship and necessity of farming.

I haven’t spent much of my life paying attention to these things, but since I have the importance and beauty is unmistakable.

xo J



gardening: by J


Farm School turned out to be one of those unforgettable great adventures. It will soon be wrapping up, and I’m so happy to have experienced it.

I’ll give a fuller account once I’m officially done the course.

It does turn out that I don’t want to keep my hands out of the soil, so I’m starting The Get Up: Gardening and Composting Educator Course at Garden for the Environment this Saturday.

It’s funny how things shape up and creep in. When I first moved here I had the idea that it would be beautiful if all of the plants in our new apartment were edible or food related, even if they weren’t currently fruiting, like miniature fig trees, rosemary, lavender, and citrus trees.

I didn’t do this at the time, but it did seed an idea in my mind.

I realized my true goal is to grow beautiful functional things; to grow for pleasure and purpose.

I’m excited to learn more, because in truth I’ve always returned home to deathly ill herb plants after a trip, and felt too discouraged to replant, or try new things.

Fingers crossed I’ll develop a green thumb,

xo J

photo credits to A at Farm School

SF crops and Little City Gardens: by J


I spent a lovely and exceptionally chilly night at Little City Gardens with Farm School.

We were there to experience what urban agriculture can look like.

Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway, began their garden with the intention of finding out if urban agriculture was really sustainable, economically, physically and socially.

Brooke has since moved on to more rural pastures, but Caitlyn continues to work at answering these questions, and truly breaking ground.

I learned that kale, chard, cardoons, herbs, lettuces, dahlias, and especially fennel (despite it being an invasive species) seem to do well in the cooler, wetter climate of San Francisco.

It’s really inspiring to meet such wonderful people who are really doing amazing things.

Farm School has been even more than I would have hoped for,

xo J

all images from their website