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Barron Park residents build mini-farms in backyards

Original post made on Apr 21, 2014

There's a growing network of Barron Park neighbors who are, in their own way, bringing back the farmland that once covered the neighborhood.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, April 21, 2014, 8:15 AM

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Posted by Nut Butter
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

I think this is a great article and there is great potential for this sort of thing in Palo Alto and the bay area as a whole. Talk about sustainability.

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Posted by Cheryl LIlienstein
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

Some may think this quaint, but I experience the growing of vegetables as a spiritual act: I am grateful to witness and enjoy the bounty of nature. This is one of the reasons I'm so concerned with the overdevelopment trends in our city and the region. Wiping out the natural abundance embedded in this land in favor of building out to the sidewalk to create high density commercial enterprise and housing just seems wrong. Perhaps there is a middle ground somewhere, but I'd like to see a slower approach, one driven less by profit and with more respect and consideration for what is being lost as well as gained.

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Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Joel is a registered user.

I am thrilled to see this happening in my neighborhood. I was fortunate to get a Below Market Rate Condo in Barron Square. The only problem is that I lost my ability to garden at the rental I had moved from in downtown Palo Alto. As a former Parks and Recreation Commissioner I tried to advocate for more community gardens. I still have the hope that when developers are allowed to build complexes that they provide a space for community gardening for their buyers and tenants. Local gardening and sharing of information and produce is the way to grow!

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Posted by Jean
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm

It is addicting. I started growing a food garden during and after WWII when I planted beans. i was 10 and I am still growing veggies and fruit. The biggest problem is rodents and having too much food. But each summer we have the pleasure of fresh food and giving it away to community services in Mtn View. We make jam and can tomatoes and make zucchini bread and supply many neighbors with fresh vegetables. It is a lot of fun.

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Posted by Janet Dafoe
a resident of University South
on Apr 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I have raised beds and another garden space as well. But I'm so busy taking care of my sick son that I don't have time to plant and care for my vegetable garden. Perhaps someone would be interested in helping me do that in exchange for sharing the produce?

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Posted by Neighbors Helping Neighbors
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 21, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Hello, Palo Alto neighbors, If you are inspired by this story, here's a fun way to explore your options...

We are so thrilled to read this story. And a couple of these urban gardeners and coopsters are known to us. Silicon Valley Tour de Coop announced it will begin planning for this year's tour which will take place on Sept. 21, 2014
(1) The first eventbright ticket registration is for coopsters and organizers. We will use this list to send emails to those interested in submitting their coops for the tour or wishing to help organize. People registering for this ticket will get weekly planning and organizing emails.

To register for this coopster/volunteer ticket – click here
Web Link

It isn't too early to get in on the fun.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors will once again, provide volunteers to man coop stop stations, while visitors mingle with coopsters and view all the inspiring wonders of these urban coopsters and gardeners.

Phone: 650-283-0270
P.O. BOX 113
Palo Alto, CA 94302

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Posted by BacktotheGarden
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

Hooray for the backyard garden! It's the best vegetables you'll ever eat. No tomato in a store, vine-ripened or not, organic or not, can touch the tomato you pull off your own plant and eat standing right there gazing down at the ones you'll pick tomorrow. Great lessons for kids! Healthy and yes, "sustainable" (whatever that means). :) It also forces you to slow down just a little. I'm delighted to see Palo Altans getting this message.

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Posted by cute chick
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Apr 22, 2014 at 7:33 am

Currently, the city of Palo Alto has a limit of 6 chickens per household regardless of how much space you can provide for them. I'm interested in getting this policy changed and could use help with research and presentation before the city council. A turnout of chicken owners in council chambers could be pretty impressive!!! Is there already a loose network of chicken fanciers in place that I'm not aware of?

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Posted by ms. emma..
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 am

this is a glimpse of the best of many worlds coming together....very inspiring! plus, trying mare and kirk's honey or homemade bread is a worthy addition to your bucket list...

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Posted by Midtown Mama
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2014 at 3:49 pm

We have 19 fruit trees, and the entire 5000 square feet of our backyard has been planted with veggies for the last 34 years. Due to the drought, we will plant only a few tomatoes this year. I'm glad to read that the enthusiasm is spreading!

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Posted by milkweeed
a resident of Nixon School
on Apr 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Hello Gardeners- Please consider adding some milkweed to your plots for the Monarch Butterflies! Along the edges of the garden, in forgotten places along the fence, in the corners….. anywhere you can slip some in. Many of the milkweeds are native to Calif. so are draught tolerant and wont' need much of your water.

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Posted by Farimeadow fan
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Nobody has said it yet, so I will: What a lovely pic of Maryanne Welton :-)

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Posted by Susan Stansbury
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

What a great article! If you want to see more Edible Gardens in Palo Alto, come to the Edible Landscaping Tour on July 19th. To register go to Web Link

Perhaps the gardens in this article can be on next years' tour!

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