Notes from an Urban Farmgirl RSS




The Kiss Of The Killer Agave

Have you ever had something surprise you with a completely different narrative than what you’d expected?   I’ve got an Urban Farmgirls story for you which involves a backyard in Potrero Hill, the movement of the sun, a blossoming agave, fish in a pond, and a woman well versed in art history.

Continue reading



On Planting Resilience

Helicopters buzz over San Francisco tonight while the sky turns red and the greens turn blue in the Potrero Hill Community Garden. The garden is just over three miles from Urban Farmgirls’ Bayview headquarters. I stop by here after work from time to time, to sit and think when my heart is heavy. The Potrero Hill Community Garden sits at the top of the hill with sweeping views of San Francisco. There are about forty or so small plots here where neighbors cultivate fruits, veggies, plants, flowers that do well in our Mediterranean climate. Goats once grazed on the slopes below years ago, before houses took over. This place usually tells me exactly what I need to hear which is...

Continue reading



Lavender & Rosemary Stay Home Shortbread

“Here it is,” Jenny said, “shortbread with only five ingredients!”  Perfect, we had the butter in the fridge and the flour, salt, and sugar in the cupboard to the left. The fifth ingredient, fresh rosemary, was growing on a bush in the garden!

Continue reading



Mother's Day Like Never Before

Like everything else, Mother’s Day is going to be different this year. No going out for leisurely brunches or meandering in and out of sweet little shops and cozy neighborhood nooks. But as the saying goes, if the water is too shallow, find different place to swim.

Continue reading