I'm an Alameda native with a deep appreciation for the joys of gardening in sandy soil and a Mediterranean climate. This is where I share my gardening successes and frustrations (of which there are many), as well as news of gardening events and developments in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Cactus Jungle, Nursery and Garden, offers many different types of cactus and succulents, low-water grasses, summer-drought bamboos, California natives and more.
• Grown in Berkeley, California and around the East Bay
• For San Francisco, Oakland and the SF Bay Area
• From around the world
Sustainable: We grow our plants using 100% Natural and Certified Organic fertilizers and ingredients in our soil mixes.
Owners Hap Hollibaugh and Peter Lipson have been growing cactus and succulents for over 20 years, and since 1996 in Berkeley, California, San Francisco, and the SF Bay Area.
One of the most common sorts of questions we get about this house is its history.
The house was built in 1876 by a man named Robert M. Holt, and is listed in the City of Alameda historical society as the Robert M. Holt House even though he doesn't live here any more. The style is Italianate, which is said like "ital-yan-ate" rather than the "ital-ee-ahn-tay" we hear a lot of people say. 1876 is the very very tail end of the Italianate period in Victorian houses, which was centered in the 1850's, so this house was very conservative in style when it was built. It was originally, like most Italianate houses, painted entirely white to look like stonework.
Robert M. Holt was an architect/builder (they were the same thing back then) and built several other houses on the island, including a bunch of identical Victorians further down the island. At the time he built this house he owned the entire block and presumably several others that he developed.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE). They are residents of a local community who have an active interest in horticulture, have taken the Master Gardener training offered by the UCCE, and now share their knowledge with other members of that community. They provide University of California research-based horticultural information to the citizens of California through their volunteer efforts as Master Gardeners. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.
Full Circle Farm is a small, organic farm 7 miles west of Davis, Ca. In 2005 the land was entrusted to a few UCD alumni who created Full Circle Farm through their hard work and dedication. The farm is now managed cooperatively by a new group of food and agricultural enthusiasts, who are also UCD alumni. We offer a CSA to approx. 20 members. We also raise free-range chickens for eggs, various animals for meat, a steer in training to be an ox, and goats for fun. In addition to the CSA we also supply small, specialty orders for local restaurants. Frequently we have students visting the farm and visitors are always welcome. We like to save our own seeds and keep bees.
We are Funk Town Farm, a community garden located in the area known to locals as “funk town” in East Oakland. The garden was started in 2008 behind 219 East 15th Street at 3rd Avenue and two blocks up from Lake Merrit. We are a group of novice and experienced gardeners who want to grow our own produce (and flowers) to use and sell at a sliding scale farm stand on Sunday mornings. We also raise chickens for eggs, as well as involve the community in “sponsoring a chicken” and composting. We want to provide our neighbors with the opportunity to have fresh organic fruit, veggies and eggs no matter what their socioeconomic status may be. Unlike most community gardens we garden together on our lot and share the produce. Each hours work = one basket of produce.
A child of back-to-the-land hippies, I grew up in rural Idaho and Washington State. I went to University of Washington in Seattle where I majored in Biology and English. I’ve had many odd jobs including: assassin bug handler, book editor, media projectionist, hamster oocyte collector, and most recently, free-lance journalist.
I studied under Michael Pollan at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism for two years. My journalistic work reflects my interests–in farming, food, the environment, and culture. In a nutshell, I like to tell stories about people who follow unconventional paths.
Finding a quiet place to live... where I can learn more about myself, the world, and people around me through my passions...gardening, reading, learning and now...grandmothering!
Livermore Links is a hyperlocal Livermore news blog dedicated to the Tri-Valley’s largest city, the home of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Altamont Pass, the World's Fastest Rodeo, some of the oldest wineries in the state, and the longest burning lightbulb ever. Livermore Links is run by Livermore residents, for Livermore residents. Comment away and use Livermore Links as a place to connect with other residents of your hometown. We can be reached via email at livermorenews[at]yahoo[dot]com with your news tips, press releases, questions, or general comments. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter!
Living Labs Project aims to connect youth to their ecosystems, their communities, and their own abilities through hands-on learning experiences. By facilitating unique ecological regeneration projects, or ‘Living Labs,’ we engage young people to create and enjoy vital outdoor spaces. Educators, family, and local community members share in our process and our enthusiasm for environmental stewardship. It is our hope that the young people who learn and play with us outdoors will inspire many others with the passions and skills they have nurtured.