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Reaping the benefits of gardening

Original post made on May 26, 2014

Growing up as an "army brat," Pam Scott recalled moving around the country in her youth. While her state of residence continuously changed, one thing remained constant.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 3:29 PM

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Posted by Jody Scott
a resident of Community Center
on May 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Loved your article Pam, excellent. You give me more credit than I deserve but the joy of gardening runs deep In both of us and I love to think that even as you were a toddler something was ignited!!!

I love you only as a devoted mama can! I also love the man you married and it's awesome to see his pleasure in being very much a part of the farm team scene!!!

We are having a marvelous visit to W.P. and Lorne has been a charming host. We attended a beautiful reception at the Superintendent's qtrs this afternoon. Unbelievably HOT, no different than south GA. Made the HOUR long wait in line very unpleasant but the lovely event in the Supes garden was splendid indeed.

Lorne graduates on Wednesday and has to be GONE from W.P. by 7 pm that night. He reports for Infantry school at Bennington 26 June. Barb, David and I fly back to ATL on Thurs.

Time to ck in with your Daddy!!! Huge love to you both. I'd add "T" to this but I don!t know how,boo hiss. Mama Jo


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Posted by Water Conscious
a resident of Professorville
on May 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I cannot help wondering if you get letters from the utility dept asking you to reduce or cease your summer vegetable gardening, as we have the past two summers. This year they actually sent us a letter in April asking us NOT to plant a garden at all, that vegetables " require too much irrigation." !


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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 26, 2014 at 10:31 pm

Residents of Los Altos Hills use more water per capita than other local cities due to their large parcels of land.

Purissima Hills Water District supplies 2/3 of Los Altos Hills with water. In 2010, the residents of Los Altos Hills used about 302 gallons/day, compared to Palo Alto residents usage of 104 gallons/day, and Mt.View at 78 gallons/day.

Per Purissima Hills Water District's website:
"Purissima Hills Water District receives 100% of its water supply from snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada Mountains which is stored in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. The District purchases this water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) which delivers it to Los Altos Hills through a gravity-fed 18" transmission main. The water is then pumped to 10 storage tanks located throughout the Town for distribution to customers."

Planting watermelons and having an extravagant garden seems like a rather thoughtless thing to do, when we are in the middle of a severe drought.
We need to share the snow melt from the Sierra's with all the other resident's in this area who receive water from SFPUC (Hetch Hetchy).

My family decided to let our landscape die back during the 2008 drought. When the rains returned, we re-planted with drought tolerant (mostly native) species.

As much as we would love a vegetable and flower garden, it is a costly and rather selfish act, when this precious water must travel so far to make it to our homes.

Just sayin


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 27, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

I am glad that that article mentions this: For those who have their own gardens, Scott said, "Find a food bank near by, and take your surplus."
I know people who also take their extras to a local senior center.

What about the watering requirements for all of the golf courses, sports fields and other athletic areas in the region? They don't feed anyone, but those lawns are still lush. All those houses in Atherton with yards and yards of green lawn, of course still lush in the drought. Why should Pam Scott be picked on when she's teaching others and growing food?


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Posted by Water Conscious
a resident of Professorville
on May 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

The CPA Utilities Dept is picking on anyone with a garden or more than two people in their home!

We consume ALL of the vegetables we grow, have no lawn, have drought resistant plants in our front yard, hand wash most of our dishes, use disposable plates and cutlery as much as possible, have low-flow toilets and showers, and an HE washer. Still, we get accusatory letters from the CPA Utilities Dept chastising us for using too much water. HA! Only the babies bathe at home, and not even on a daily basis. The rest of us shower at the gym.

I often think that the CPAUD makes this stuff up, because the only family I know of in town that hasn't received a nasty letter is using a well for irrigation, laundry, etc.....basically everything but drinking and cooking.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2014 at 12:01 am

In the documentary "Fresh" there is a quote that said something like we have depleted our soil to such an extent in the US that a lot of produce only has about 60% or the nutrition that it used to have 50 years ago.

Hey, we are supposed to be getting better, always improving, and yet if we can use artificial flavors and colors all that goes out the window and we are killing ourselves for this junk. And there is simply no reason for it other than the concentrate wealth, power and control in the hands of a few who have shown over and over their unsuitability for governing and civic minded decision-making.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

Long Time Resident
>> Planting watermelons and having an extravagant garden seems like a rather thoughtless thing to do, when we are in the middle of a severe drought.

Are you saying watermelons should not be grown? If you go to the store to buy them just think about how much water is wasted in their production. They are grown in a field where water is shot through the air, much of it missing the plant and evaporating. The machinery that is used to plant and harvest that produce uses more oil, and water in the process of getting that oil. The watermelons are then picked and transported and sit in stores, usually over or under ripe and a good percentage of them go bad or never were that good to begin with.

Growing food locally, as locally as possible is a big win and many different dimensions. Did that not occur to you LTR?

I have to also agree with "Water Conscious" ... the City is crazy. I have know for a fact I use a fraction of the utilities that my neighbors do, and I constantly get those letters that we trying to tell me I'm a major user of water, power and gas. However they are generating these letters of this data there is something very screwing going on.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2014 at 12:30 am

So, this is basically a commercial for someone's home classes at $39 a pop? Wow, that's a lot of lettuce.


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Posted by Water Conscious
a resident of Professorville
on May 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

Thanx, CPA, I knew I wasn't losing my mind. But something really stinks at CPAUD.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Water Conscious, my neighbors tell me they get these letter's too? We can't all be above average, this is not Lake Wobegone.


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