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Urban Farming with Recycled Water

A visit to the Advanced Water Purification Center

John Steinbeck notably wrote in East of Eden: “And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years.”  I couldn’t agree more. In the middle of this rainy season, marked by weekly torrential downpours (and a […]

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Golden-crowned Sparrow

A Jewel of the Peninsula?

You may hear the sweet tunes of the Golden-crowned Sparrow before you set your vision upon it.  Its earth-toned feathers and ability to camouflage itself allows this bird to successfully consume all kinds of foliage, fresh seedlings, and in particular, the edibles that we grow at Farmscape. These creatures spend their time in small groups and […]

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The Buzz about Biochar

Field-testing a new Soil Amendment

There’s a new hip product on the agricultural block that’s generating a lot of buzz: biochar.  Proponents point to a number of environmental benefits including: carbon sequestration, increased soil fertility, improved water quality due to reduced runoff, and increased agricultural yields.  Sound too good to be true?  It could be.  But it also has the […]

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2016 Year in Review

Agrihoods, Rooftop Farms and Front Yard Gardens

As we enjoy a much-needed rainy January, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the new projects that we tackled in the past year and review some emerging trends. 2016 was a big year of growth as our staff increased in size from 20 employees to 30. Interest in urban farming, and the fresh […]

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Agrihoods

Cultivating Community Through Farms

Over the past five years, the phrase “Agrihood” (Agricultural Neighborhood) has crept into mainstream consciousness as homeowners prioritize a connection with food and nature. Our project  at Chesapeake Point Apartments in San Mateo, fifteen miles south of downtown San Francisco, illustrates that desire.  The apartments are nestled within the Redwood Shores Sloughs, on a small […]

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