Renee Shepherd Explains How To Grow Vegetables and Herbs From Seed

Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden Circus, Circus carrots

The seed packets from Renee’s Garden—marked with their characteristic watercolor illustrations and descriptive, owner-tested growing instructions—can be found in independent nurseries and garden centers across the country. But it all began here, in the mid-’80s, on Renee Shepherd’s sandy-soiled Felton property. “A thousand years ago, in the mid-’80s, this used to be just a big…

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UCSC Farm Celebrates 50 Years

UCSC Farm & Garden

In the late 1960s, Orin Martin was “allegedly in college,” as he puts it, on the East Coast, but he rarely went to classes. He was in Washington, D.C. for the anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon in 1967, and was actively resisting the draft. A year later, unsure of what to do with his…

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Upscale Foraging at Santa Cruz Edible Gardens Tour


Get inspired to grow your own food at the 4th Annual Santa Cruz Edible Gardens Tour on Saturday, August 8 at locations throughout the greater Santa Cruz area. Organized by Slow Food Santa Cruz, which advocates for healthy food policy in the community and organizes events that celebrate Santa Cruz’s unique, regional food culture, the…

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