A rotating exhibit of the things I love most about living in San Francisco.

Garden

design project, We Compost

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SFE_zw_ad_half_page_wine, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

The SF Environment Zero Waste team had a story to tell.

What does a coffee filter have to do with wine? It might seem to be non sequitur at first glance but we did want to get your attention by inviting that question. Upon a closer look the story is revealed: Your food scraps and discarded paper become the compost that is used in the vineyards of the Bay Area, and wonderful wine is the product of that cycle.

San Francisco has some of the purest compost around and it’s because of our broad public participation rates. We created this campaign to remind everyone they can play a part in the city’s Zero Waste success story. Separate your unconsumed food and send it back to the earth to grow more food.

Use the green bin.

Here are some more variations on that theme, these designs were published in the San Francisco neighborhood newspaper, the Richmond Review.

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012

We compost campaign, 2012


forming roots in the green community as a member of the EcoTuesday Meetup group

EcoTuesday is a networking event for green professionals

Starting with my discovery of gardening and cooking a few years ago, hobbies which quickly have become my new passions, I began to learn more about farming and the importance of implementing sustainable practices in order to keep our environment clean and our food supply safe. As a natural consequence, my interest and curiosity expanded beyond my own back yard; now I’m passionate about learning more about environmentalism and sustainable practice as it impacts every aspect of our lives. I’m passionate about living green! And in that spirit, I’ve resolved this year to deepen my involvement in the green community and to meet others with similar passions.

That’s why I joined EcoTuesday as a member, and I look forward to becoming a regular participant in their events.

What is EcoTuesday? Put simply, it’s a monthly networking event for professionals of any field with an interest in sustainability and living green. You can find out more by following this link. I love that while everyone shares this abiding passion for the environment, the group encompasses people of all walks of life, approaching green issues from any and all angles. From chemists to venture capitalists, from marketers to construction workers (and graphic designers like me) you could meet anyone at these events, and the synergy that erupts from that is an exciting thing. When people create and build bridges, good things happen. And there are lots of good people at these events.

Tonight was no exception. It was the 5-Year anniversary party for EcoTuesday and the event was held at the Bently Reserve in the Financial District of San Francisco. And I met some cool people. Among them:

  • An entrepreneur and foodie, in the process of getting investors for a business incubator. Her goal, a commercial kitchen that could be shared by any number of home cooks who want to make a business of their passion but don’t have a lot of start-up capital. It’s a dream of building an economy of scale and sharing resources so that talented people can make a start in a challenging economy with minimal risk.
  • A chemist, ready to start researching ways to use chemistry to improve consumer products by finding replacements for toxins used in the manufacturing process, and finding ways to reuse waste and trash by transforming it chemically.
  • The makers of Mamma Chia, an organic beverage made from the chia seed.
  • Organizers of the Green Film Festival,  the Bay Area’s only festival dedicated to films and new forms of media that explore green issues and sustainable living.
  • My buddy T who represents Dharma,  a green credit card processing company during the week and farms on the weekend, in Petaluma!

It was a great night, with a great speaker, Brian Back, of Sustainable Industries Magazine who provided great insight as to how the playing field is changing for corporations and small businesses, encouraging us to find new approaches to innovation through creative partnerships with one another. I look forward to going to more of these events, learning more about sustainability and environmentalism and above all, I look forward to making new, green friends.


gramma loved her daffodils. . .

remembering Gramma

remembering Gramma

I’m remembering Gramma Doris today. . . She loved her daffodils and she certainly would have loved these.

Daffodils.

Daffodils.


this is the start of something, learning to farm in Petaluma

On my friend's farm in Petaluma. . .

On my friend's farm in Petaluma. . .

Moving to San Francisco some 10 years ago changed my life. More to the point, it opened-up my life. I blossomed here.

My dad was a gardener by vocation, and avocation. Green was in my genes but I’d never tried gardening as a kid. . . I just didn’t know it yet. I loved to draw, though. . .

Moving to San Francisco, I discovered truly great food. Great ingredients. Now, I wanted to find out more about the source of my food. I wanted to make it myself. I became selective about the food I chose. I started going to farmers markets.

I also moved into an apartment with unused space in the lot behind. I took it over, with the blessing of the neighbors. I had the idea I’d start an ornamental garden. I taught myself to garden by digging in the dirt every day. I grew to understand the plants by watching them, season to season, year by year.

Understanding plants and developing an appreciation for food have become essential parts of my life. It’s only natural that I would want to explore the area in which they overlap and, that’s farming. Enter my dear friend T-.

We’re on a similar trajectory, T- and I. Having never had much experience either, he’s developed his passion for farming only within the past few years, and how quickly and easily he’s succumbed to it. A fellow San Francisco resident, he’s found a way to rent a plot in distant Petaluma, which he tends as often as he can get away, getting his plant-starts established in his kitchen growing station.  He’s graciously invited me to help him in his grand endeavor, and now I have a new home away from home.

Stay tuned for more posts from the farm. This is the start of something. . .

Here’s a video I find inspiring. It neatly sums up the lure of the farm, and suggests why it is that so many people nowadays are going back to their roots, by learning how to grow their own food.

 

on the farm.

heirloom carrots!

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egyptian beets!

egyptian beets!

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egyptian beets!

egyptian beets!

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pumpkin!

pumpkin!

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the Petaluma farm

the Petaluma farm


loving my hens and chicks.

hens and chicks, succulents in my garden

hens and chicks, succulents in my garden

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hens and chicks = echeveria

hens and chicks = Echeveria elegans

succulents in the garden
succulents in the garden, “Mexican Snowball, Mexican Gem, Pearl Echeveria, White Mexican Rose”
Echeveria elegans

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The Whole Pie. on Vimeo

Enjoy. Do a little work. Eat.

This is the latest video in an ongoing series produced by the Bay Area’s Pie Ranch.

Pie Ranch is an educational farm whose mission is

to inspire and connect people to know the source of their food, and to work together to bring greater health to the food system from seed to table.

We here at MUS•e•YUM simply love them. Check out the first in the video series, previously posted on MUS•e•YUMhere.

The Whole Pie. on Vimeo on Vimeo

via The Whole Pie. on Vimeo.


garden redesign in progress, as of 28 feb 2011

I created a curved retaining wall from the cobblestones that I found a few weeks ago…now I’m pulling dirt from the back to the front to level out enough space to build a little bench.

 

new curved retaining wall, build from found cobblestones

new curved retaining wall, built from found cobblestones

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a work in-progress! I've built a cobblestone wall, and the wine bottles are reconfigured, too.

Here’s a reminder of what the area looked like before:

garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
this is the garden "BEFORE" picture, taken 15 January 2011
this is the garden “BEFORE” picture, taken 15 January 2011

garden snapshot; “Happy Wander” vine is …wandering happily

 

the vine is 'happy wanderer' or, hardenbergia

the vine is 'happy wanderer' or, hardenbergia

 

 


garden snapshot: blooming aeonium 28 feb 2011

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succulent in bloom


garden snapshot: blooming aeonium

aeonium in bloom, 21 feb 2011…

blooming aeonium, 21 feb 2011

blooming aeonium, 21 feb 2011

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