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News - September 23, 2011

Throwing tomatoes

Neighbors feud over what's planted in the front yard

by Sue Dremann

A front-yard vegetable patch in the Crescent Park neighborhood is raising eyebrows as well as corn stalks.

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Posted by garden, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I drove past this veggie garden and it's beautiful! Actually, it looks nicer than most of the other yards on the street.

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

If they finished the fence, it would look a lot better!

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Reminds me of the old PBS sitcom, Good Neighbors, known as The Good Life on BBC.

Posted by ActiveBiped, a resident of Stanford
on Sep 27, 2011 at 5:49 pm

What a passel of cowardly snobs! I've been past this place and it looks lovely. Bock has her priorities straight: caring for & pleasing an ailing parent is much more important that what the narrow-minded neighbors think. Good for her. It also helps the environment much more than fertilized lawns and gardeners with smelly lawnmowers and leaf blowers. Think of what it's doing for the bees.

Posted by Catherine, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 28, 2011 at 8:25 am

The reason the fence isn't finished is that complaints forced us to get an encroachment permit. This has taken 8 weeks but we got it so we will begin working on it as soon as we can get together a work party after the climate ride ends Oct 6th. Web Link

Posted by homegirl, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Sounds like a bit of green envy going on out there...the ability to grow ones own food is the best future skill you can teach anyone. Where I live, we already have plans to 'shut off' the area from the mobs of idiots that will come north in search of food when the cow paddies hit the fan. That's right, 'you can have my crops when you pry them from my cold, dead hands'...
Seriously, PA is so petty. What's it to you if someone is growing corn in front of you? Do you just feel like a moron when you pay .99cents an ear @ WFM? I'll bet that's it.

Posted by mmmmMom, a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

The vegetable garden is WONDERFUL!! What an improvement over the ridiculous lawns around it. Supercilious "shallow alto" neighbors.
Keep on gardening!!!!!

Posted by high schooler, a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm

is this a joke? how on earth does this story even merit an article? it's almost as if PA online wants Palo Altans to take the face of this small minority; stuck up, snobbish, and arrogant. the fact that those people interviewed did not want to give their names shows just how unmerited their opinions truly are.

Posted by homegirl, a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Sorry, it's not a joke. Shallow Alto shows how deep it's "community" roots go. Shallow, at best. Take your skills to the real level of survival- then you can pass judgement upon people with actual common sense. Darwin's Theory will prevail.
Oh, I forgot, you all can survive on the El Camino Ball Park H2O bladder for a day or 2. Happy Ramen Noodle Day!

Posted by registered user, SteveU, a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 29, 2011 at 7:05 am

We have a Lemon and Tangerine trees in our front yard. Some of our neighbors have other fruit trees and gardens (includes a small corn patch).

Why should we be forced to pay for 'Organically Grown' produce, when it grows in our yard with a little water and TLC. Not all backyards are suitable (or available) for growing food. Front yards may not be suitable or safe for children or pets to play in. That leaves the front yard as the best chance for proper sunlight exposure.

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

I would like to say that I would love to see a vegetable garden much more than some of the neglected yards, or even some of the so called drought resistant desert yards, that I see in my neighborhood.

I do have a question though. How do the owners of this garden keep the scavangers, both animal and human, from pilfering the produce?
The fruit from my trees get picked by both.

Posted by Crescent Park resident, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I live nearby so pass this garden daily. I don't mind the garden. What I do mind is the overall trashy look of the place. Get rid of the plastic furniture, rusty wagon, piled debris, and other trash that shows up from time to time.

Posted by peacemaker, a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Homegirl: are you trying to start class warfare in Palo Alto? Save the nasty comments, please, and do learn how to spell judgment.