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Local Bay Area Farm Tour

Come see a Bay Area farm!

Did you know that right in the middle of Sunnyvale, there is a farm? And it is only 3 years old! It is ran by a non profit and provides fresh fruit and vegetables to Santa Clara Unified School District cafeterias.

Come and join a group of gardeners on a farm tour at the Sunnyvale’s Full Circle Farm on the 14th of March, Sunday, at noon. The tour will last 1.5 hour and costs $7 per person, charged by the farm (please bring cash or check, as the farm does not take credit cards).  Here are more details of what to expect from the source:

“Our tours on the farm and in the garden include a variety of hands-on educational activities. Tours last about 90 minutes consist of explorations through the farm crop rows, a tasting tour through our garden, exploration of worm bins and compost piles, and a chance to meet and feed our chickens.

Visits occur at pre-scheduled times. Our visits are held rain or shine, with the exception of strong winds and dangerous conditions. We encourage children and adults to dress appropriately, with closed toed shoes, rain gear when needed, hats, sunscreen, water, snacks, and any other materials needed to stay comfortable and safe on the farm. We currently can not provide any of these materials. Our tours will begin promptly at the designated time and will begin by the yellow-tent Farm Stand.”

If you are interested, RSVP and secure your spot on the trip! Children are welcome!

Winter Seed Exchange!

Here are the photos…
…from our 2010 First Seed Exchange, thanks to Beverly Concepcion (6th of February 2010):

The sign, and our setup in case it was going to rain. First person showed up right on time – good we were ready!

It was chilly but we were luckky again with the weather: partly cloudy.

Our main surprise and attraction this time was a bag of yellow fig cuttings supplied by Gary.

We had our usual seed supply, mainly heirloom tomatoes.

And other odds and ends.

Despite the chill, garden talk went on till 3pm… Late comers were not caught on camera but it was great to meet you all!

Our first Tomato Bash was a blast!

TomatoBash, an organic, heirloom tomato tasting event, took place on the 26th of September 2009.

We had over 40 varieties of Heirloom Tomatoes, different heirloom ketchups (and their maker on site), gourmet vinegars and oils from Hare Hollow, home made heirloom tomato sauce, and some exotic and delicious flavoured ice creams that were an instant hit with the crowd in that last, hot weekend of 2009 (e.g. tomato/watermelon/mint flavor). To acompany tasting efforts, our guest Ethan was playing mellow, acoustic guitar music. Master Gardener, Marianne, won everybody’s praise for her delicious tomatoes and abundant gardening tips. Everyone seemed to have a really good, relaxed time sampling tomatoes and sipping wine under the ancient oak trees. It was so nice, I’ll be looking forward to organizing the event again next year!


Heirloom tomatoes for tasting were provided by the following farms:

Heirloom tomatoes are “everything supermarket tomatoes wish they could be—juicy, intense, and full of flavor” according to Eric Rupert from Fine Cooking.  The variety in their color indicates the variety in their taste, from citrus undertones to hints of smoky flavors.  Heirlooms are also open pollinated, meaning seeds of the parent plants will produce new generations of the same plants.  Read more on why we are tasting Tomatoes.


Summer Seed Exchange

Here are photos from our Third Seed Exchange and a Tomato Tasting Event  (16th of August 2009):

A wealth of tomatoes available for tasting: a combined effort and almost a spontaneous one!
Here we have: Cherokee Purple, Striped German, Costenuto Genovese, Romanesco, Green Zebra, Black Plum, Green Grape, Ox Heart, Lemon, Gold Medal, Matt’s Wild Cherry, Black Prince, Striped Roman, Sprite, Dogma’s Perfection and some unidentified ones.


The host.    How did I come up with the exchange idea? Saved too many seeds over the years and didn’t want to see them go to waste.    How did Trish come up with the farm idea? Good question…


So many to choose from… Can we really try them?


Trish and friends. Yet again, they brought more tomatoes and seeds than what I had to offer. Very well organized too.


The other side of the table… Mark and more of Trish’s friends. Something tells me they have tasted all of these tomato varieties before. Some people just get around, you know…


Try this one!
Notice the large, orange tomato in the middle? That’s Gold Medal and well worth its name.


Mystery tomato. Makes my mouth water just looking at the thing.


Finally onto the seed exchange! Did you say 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes? Wild arugula, holy basil, purple carrots and what?


Our guests from Oakland made it all so much more worthwhile. Starting a shared garden – I’m jealous… Good luck guys!

Our First Seed Exchange!

Here are photos from our First Seed Exchange  (8th of February 2009):

The sign, that caught interest with passers by.

The umbrellas to make us even more visible. It was chilly and looked like heavy rain was going to soak us any minute, yet we have the first curious people stopping by to get some free seeds for their home gardens.

Cold it may be, but who wouldn’t like a free heirloom tomatoe seeds?

Our star guest: Amy, on the left, who brought more seeds to the exchange than we had ourselves!