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Growing their own

Original post made on Jul 12, 2013

When Sharon Erickson moved back to her childhood home in 1993, the garden that she had grown up with was in disrepair. But over the last 20 years Erickson has rebuilt and expanded the garden until today, where it now occupies almost the entirety of her large backyard.

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Posted by Patricia Becker
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Palo Alto Weekly is a great local newspaper and resource!
Much appreciation for all you do! Including the article on "Growing Their Own" and The Edible Landscaping Tour Sat July 20th at Common Ground.


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Posted by Sue Luttner
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Thank you for this glimpse of my neighbor Sharon Erickson, whose gardening passion is a boon to us all, and great metaphor for her nurturing spirit. Our basil plants came from her greenhouse this year, and her surplus zinnias were an extra bonus—they're just starting to bloom now, since the spring annuals have given up. Sharon is a gardening evangelist, not even by design, I think, just by her nature.


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Posted by Sharon Erickson
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 13, 2013 at 9:24 am

A shout-out to the two Palo Alto Weekly interns who worked on this story -- Rye Druzin (writer) and Christophe Haubursin (photographer). Nice work!!


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

I thought it was illegal to have chickens, or livestock in the city of Palo Alto?


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Posted by Cluck cluck
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm

CrescentParkAnon, yes, you can have chickens & other livestock in Palo Alto:
From Web Link

Livestock and other animals
You'll need a permit to keep any type of livestock, including horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys in Palo Alto. Geese, roosters, guinea hens, and peacocks are not allowed, except in areas zoned for agriculture or open space. There are special provisions for keeping more than six chickens, in addition to these rules. Check with the Superintendent of Animal Services for poultry livestock permits.


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