I got hooked on gardening by helping out in my grandfather’s veggie garden as a small child. Since then, I have tended gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eureka, and Aptos, California, and worked on farms in Arcata and Santa Cruz. At UC Santa Cruz I focused my studies on creative writing and agroecology. Most recently, I completed the 12-week San Mateo County Master Composter Program, as well as the San Mateo and San Francisco Counties Master Gardener Program.

I am happiest when the cupboards are full of honey, the food dehydrator is doing its meager darnedest, the garden beds are planted in garlic, and the chickens are scratching away under the persimmon tree.


Like many people’s lives, mine has been circuitous. I began gardening/farming while living on a small organic farm during graduate school in the early ’90s. I’ve also worked in vineyards, horticultural departments, and retail and wholesale nurseries. I currently own and operate my own gardening business in the San Francisco Bay Area, with emphases on pruning fruit and small ornamental trees, edibles, sustainable design, and organic practices.

I can be a bit opinionated, and I love to experiment in the garden. I’m grateful to Sarah for driving this project and less grateful, until now, for all the times I had to stop what I was doing so Sarah could take a picture. I hope this blog will inspire conversation, experimentation and learning.

8 Responses to About

  1. mary ann hansen

    I love keeping up with your lives among the bees and would love to learn about your lives with the chicks. Is that on another site?

    • Kelly and Sarah

      Hi Mary Ann! We are horribly overdue to write about the chickens (they are huge and hormonal these days!). You can find all of our chicken posts in the “chickens” category on the right-hand side of the main page. With any luck we’ll get a break from bee swarms for a few days and have a chance to write about the chickens and, more importantly, to finish their coop.

  2. Great to see this site happen. The knowledge sharing and encouragments you have provided in real life are now amplified.

  3. You two are a wonderful resource. Thanks for posting. Love the writing and the photos, even though taking the photos interrupts Kelly. Art is never easy.

  4. Just wanted to leave a comment to commend you on your site. I think we’ve got the same line of thinking, so I added you to my blogroll.

    I was reading up on your gray water washer issue and linked to that from my washer valve replacement post. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

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