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Faithful Farm Enters Year 2

Peruvian Aji Amarillo peppers, Japanese Trifele tomatoes, and Buzz Buttons

As the start of the NFL season approaches, the San Francisco 49ers held their annual media day at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The blog Food Gal previewed what’s on the menu for the this year, focusing on the seasonal offerings provided by the rooftop farm. Here’s an excerpt from the article about the farm: […]

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Spring Planting at Faithful Farm

Shiso, Chard and Scotch Bonnet Peppers

Spring is here, summer is just around the corner, and Faithful Farm is 100% planted with summer goodness! It’s been no small undertaking.  After harvesting the remaining winter vegetables – our final haul weighed in at just over 100 pounds – we began the laborious process of preparing our soil for summer planting.  We added […]

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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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