Can I grow potatoes in Palo Alto?

Yes, you can grow irish potatoes.  If you have a very sunny area, you can try sweet potatoes, but it is a different variety and needs a lot of heat and warm earth through the night for the best yields.

What can I grow here in the summer?

Amaranth, corn, cucumber, green beans, pinto beans melons, sweet pepper, summer squash, sunchoke, quinoa, sunflower, tomatoes, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes.   And if you have shady areas, chard, garlic, letttuce, spinach, too!

What can I grow around here in the winter? 

Broccoli/ cauliflower, chard, fava, garlic, kale, lettuce, onion, peas, potatoes, spinach.

In what areas are you growing food?

Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, San Carlos, Belmont, San Mateo, Hillsborough.




What books do you recommend?

Growing Food books

The Vegetable Growers Handbook by Frank Tozer

Start with the Soil by Grace Gershuny

How to Grow more Vegetables by John Jeavons

The Sustainable Vegetable Garden by John Jeavons and Carol Cox

Worms eat my Garbage by Mary Appelhoff

Golden Gate Gardening by Pam Peirce

Food and Food History:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

What to Eat by Marion Nestle

The End of Overeating by David Kessler, MD


Why buy organic?

Because those are our sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles, sons and daughters working in those fields, spraying those toxic chemicals. Inhaling…exhaling…absorbing.  And the earth below holds the insistent residues for all of our descendants.