The Backyard Gardener Network is a resource for these backyard gardeners and community gardeners who are growing food in and around East Palo Alto. Through the Backyard Gardener Network, gardeners can access numerous resources to make growing food at home more affordable and accessible, including:
- Garden plots at the Collective Roots Community Garden on Woodland Avenue, the only community garden in East Palo Alto;
- Connections to other backyard and urban Gardeners and opportunities to share knowledge and build community;
- Assistance with becoming a Certified Producer in San Mateo County, and the opportunity to sell your produce at the East Palo Alto Community Farmers’ Market;
- Use of a full-service indoor greenhouse in East Palo Alto, great for growing starts and maximizing the growing season;
- Seed and produce swaps with other gardeners in our community;
- Access to the East Palo Alto Seed Library, a free source of locally viable, organic seeds for year-round gardening;
- Access to the East Palo Alto Tool Lending Library, a resource that includes all the tools necessary to build and maintain your own home garden, and also features special food preservation equipment for preserving your home harvests;
How to Join:
All that’s needed to join the Backyard Gardener Network is a completed application. The network is free to all members who are residents of East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park!
Resources for BGN members:
Read about the Backyard Gardener Network and our awesome backyard gardeners in the news!
Check out Collective Roots’ Executive Director Kris Jensen on ABC’s Beyond the Headlines, talking about the work of Collective Roots to address food insecurity, hunger, and healthy food access in East Palo Alto.
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KALW. January 17, 2012. The Collective Roots headquarters, which doubles as a community gardening space, is easy to find. It’s just a few blocks away from the Bayshore freeway. It’s no bigger than your typical front yard, but with more tomatoes. The … Continue reading
East Palo Alto Today. November 27, 2011. What kind of plants can grow in the winter? When do you start planting? How do you protect strawberries from the cold? These were some of the questions that were raised in the … Continue reading
Ravenswood Family Health Center quarterly newsletter. Fall 2011. Maria Garcia is a patient of RFHC, a diabetic, who loves to garden. She has produced an abundance of tomatoes and beans this summer, grown from seedlings given her by Collective Roots, … Continue reading
East Palo Alto Today. October 2009. The streets of East Palo Alto have seen everything from brick factories to poultry farms to gang shootings, but they haven’t seen anything quite like Rev. Bob Hartley, a known and respected longtime EPA resident. He’s a man with … Continue reading