Alameda Backyard Growers

Kristen Smeal -- Fourth graders Victor Kemp and William Markus saving fava beans at St. Philip Neri Garden.

School Gardens Bridge the Gap Between School and Community

Nov 23,2022

During World War I, school gardens materialized as an effort to utilize idle land on urban and suburban school properties. Food was grown at schools for local community food security, to increase nutritional awareness, and to increase youth civic engagement.

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Marla Koss -- This Belle de Boskoop apple tree on Alameda Point mysteriously sets big crops every year, despite it’s supposed need for 800 to 1,000 winter chill hours (Alameda’s annual average is 500 chill hours).

The Importance of Winter Chill in the Alameda Garden

Oct 12,2022

Winter chill: As mild as winters can be alongside the bay — perfect for subtropicals that grow so successfully here, e.g., Feijoas, Persimmons, Figs and Citrus — locals still love to grow trees, shrubs, and bulbs that need winter chill in order to perform.

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Aphids in Summer

Aug 11,2022

It’s a lovely warm summer day. The kale plants in the garden have looked lush and productive, ready for salads and sautés. The broccoli and chives have been doing well too. But suddenly — aphids!

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The Health (and Other) Benefits of Urban Trees

Jun 09,2022

Many of us enjoy viewing the canopy of full-grown trees that grace many Alameda streets, but trees are not simply aesthetically pleasing. Many different research studies have shown that living around trees is good for people’s health.

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Guerrilla Gardening With Neighbors

May 12,2022

About 10 years ago, my next-door neighbor and I were commiserating that we didn’t have enough sunny space in our yards to grow as many tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant as we could eat.

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Garden Buddies

Apr 14,2022

There was a time in my past when I had to concede that my home was a hospice for the unfortunate plants that caught my eye and came home with me. I never intended for them to have such a short lifespan, but I just didn’t have a good plan for their continued prosperity.

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A Farmer in the Making

Mar 10,2022

Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) invited a youth at Farm2Market to share their perspective on gardening. Oliver Stouffer, a 17-year-old senior at Encinal High School, accepted their offer.

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