It was great to see the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market highlighted in the San Jose Mercury News this week. In the article, Bobby Hamilton, a Backyard Gardener, describes the benefits he derives from selling at the market. Read … Continue reading
Every year, staff at Collective Roots conduct a survey of all the members in our Backyard Gardener Network to find out how we can improve. At the end of 2013 we received 75 responses from Backyard Gardeners, full of fantastic … Continue reading
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This week we worked on up-potting our tomato seedlings. A good rule-of-thumb is to up-pot the seedlings when they are four weeks old, or once they have their first set of true leaves (the very first leaves a plant sprouts are just its seed leaves). Tomato plants can produce new roots from anywhere along their stem, so be sure to bury the stem fairly deeply. This will allow the tomato to establish a large root system early on, which is key to growing a strong plant. And don’t forget to shower your plants with water once you’ve moved them into their larger pots! Continue reading
The online magazine “The Magazine” featured the East Palo Alto Seed Library as an example of a small-scale, community effort to protect seed diversity. An excerpt of the article is below. You can read the full article through a 7-day … Continue reading
Collective Roots added 31 new garden beds to its roster of community gardens this week. The beds, along with a new playground, were installed at Redwood City’s Friendship Park. Collective Roots will be partnering with the park and other community … Continue reading
Kris Jensen, Collective Roots’ executive director, represented our work in a profile of urban farms and agriculture on metroactive. “The food produced by our industrial agriculture system, while incredibly cheap due in part to government subsidies, has alienated us from … Continue reading
A recent report published by Share our Strength, the national coordinator of Cooking Matters, debunks many assumptions about the dining strategies of low-income families. Contrary to many popular beliefs, 8 in 10 low-income families make dinner at home at least five … Continue reading
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The kale and citrus are abundant in the garden. What fantastic colors and flavors. This will make a great salad!