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Field Trip: MoonWater Farm

Recycled ficus trees enclose a pond and seating area for contemplation.

We hear more and more about urban agriculture and small farms cropping up in the middle of big cities. MoonWater Farm, the collaborative effort of Kathleen Blakistone and Richard Draut, is exactly that. But MoonWater Farm is more than just … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Community Gardens in York, England

Brambles of black and raspberries lined pathways.

If there’s one thing the English do well, it’s gardening. Many of our traditions and ideals about what a proper garden should look like come from the English. As a resident of a drought-stricken area, I’ve had to peel these … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Dallas Arboretum

Cobweb Spiderwort is an unusual and macabre water-wise plant.

We traveled to Texas last week to help a friend sort out her landscape design for her new home. While there, we took in the sites including the Dallas Arboretum. It gave us a chance to see what’s growin’ on … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Huntington Herb Garden

The bees enjoyed the flowers of bolting kale and mustard greens.

Spring is a beautiful time to visit botanical gardens, and Southern California does not disappoint. The Huntington Library and Gardens is off the charts in May with flora and fauna. We took a visit to the Huntington Herb Garden after … Continue reading

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Field Trip: More Italy!

Artichoke hearts sold fresh, floating in water.

There’s nothing quite so exotic as a farmers market in a foreign country. You get to see the staples of the local diet on display. Here in the US, we see peppers and eggplant and tomatoes just like in Italy, … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Villa Vignamaggio, Italy

Fresh olives ready to be picked next week.

We took a little break from gardening here in the states to visit the Chianti region in Italy for a friend’s wedding last week. Little did we know we would be staying in a magnificent villa complete with organic vegetable … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Arlington Gardens, Pasadena

One of several Pomegranate trees on the property.

During the Garden Writers Association Symposium in September, bus loads of eager gardenerds stepped off to visit Arlington Gardens, an historic site in Pasadena, CA. It is “Pasadena’s only designated public garden designed to demonstrate sustainable water-wise gardening in a … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Heirloom Expo Seed Swap

Moringa seeds - loose and ready for the taking...swapping.

This will be my last post about the 2015 Heirloom Expo, but it’s one that couldn’t be left out. Every year the Heirloom Expo hosts a seed swap for those who have been saving seeds throughout the year. They bring … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Ocean View Farms and Will Allen

Yours truly and Will Allen of Growing Power

I had the pleasure of arranging a visit to Ocean View Farms organic community garden for a group of innovative folks who are working to solve several issues at once: food waste, food deserts, soil fertility, and carbon loss. What’s … Continue reading

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Field Trip: Cal Poly Pomona’s Kellogg Ranch

Round the corner to the entrance to the farm and you're greeted with roses and hay bales.

It was 5:30 in the morning when I got in the car to drive the hour it would take to get to Cal Poly Pomona. By the time I arrived the sun was just creeping over the mountains, streaking light … Continue reading

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