What’s not to love about growing your own food? Home gardens are a time-tested local strategy that are widely adopted and practiced in various circumstances by local communities with limited resources and institutional support. Many parts of the East Bay are labeled Food Deserts; gardens are widely used as a remedy to alleviate hunger and malnutrition.

Stories from Local Heroes

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Local residents participated in Marian Woodard’s permaculture series offered at Rogers Ranch Heritage Center . This class was jam-packed with information on herb spirals, keyhole gardens, and mandala beds. Participants visited examples of these efficient and aesthetic gardens on site up the hill and learned tips for building them back home.

Sharing Seeds, Building Community

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Stan from Concord got excited by reading Carol Deppe’s works about organic gardening, especially saving locally adapted seed to grow the best varieties of produce for local conditions. He decided to start a local group to share seeds using MeetUp. The first gathering of Diablo View Organic Gardeners drew 21 people sharing seeds, plants, produce and knowledge about local growing techniques. The group has grown to almost 100, meeting monthly in members’ backyards.



garden“I pledge to plant an edible garden,” Zhongtian


backyard-gardens-charming-ideas-backyard-vegetable-garden-backyard-garden-ideas“I pledge to grow more food!” – Jean