Friday, April 30, 2010


a-frame trellis
life on
first strawberry of the season

happy friday!

Thursday, April 29, 2010


girl's room
our room

we have a very mixed collection of art and objects on our walls. (i'm feeling a curatorial itch to rearrange.)

what do you surround yourself with?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

thinking about sewing.

but showing pictures about food.

little red hen

CSA Spring 2

i am so pleased with our csa venture. while our garden is still producing - it is a treat to receive crops we don't (can't) grow in our backyard. kohlrabi. avocado. three different kinds of carrots. turnips. (what do you do with turnips???)

our adventure in eating less meat - and less wheat - has been greatly aided by the bounty we are receiving each week. and by the wonderful eggs we collect every morning. so very good.

but what i am really thinking about is sewing. and this challenge. of which i had tossed my name in. i am trying not to put too much pressure on myself. to be reasonable. i will be very proud if i pull off two pairs of summer pjs for the girls.

ahhhh summer pjs.

Sunday, April 25, 2010



good night.

Sauteed Chard

It never seems to fail - if I sautee leafy greens, then drizzle some balsalmic vinegar over them, Emily devours them! Mmmmmmm!

Beet Rosti

I made this Mark Bittman recipe the other night. (Here.) I didn't use enough beets, so it wasn't that big. But it was a hit. I'll try it again.

(Thought I'd try it with turnips too - but it didn't work at all! I'm looking for a good turnip recipe as well!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

friday rush-hour

time is moving much too quickly. we are over-scheduled again this week. as i feel out my new school garden responsibilities my days fill up too fast.

i am ready for july. the island. and a slower pace.

until then we are trying to spend as much time outside as possible. with the rains of the winter came a flourishing spring garden.


the longer days are coming. i can feel the stretch as we play with friends on our front steps.

golden shoes

my "to do" list is growing.

breath. happy weekend.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


continuous happiness

is it wrong for a plant to bring me so much joy? every morning this week there has been a newly opened saucer sized poppy greeting me.

Sunday, April 18, 2010



tried to spend more time in our garden today. in and out between birthday parties, gardening classes, soccer games, grocery shopping and a trip to menchies.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

we joined the farm

and have our first amazing CSA bounty. we have been talking about doing this for years. surprisingly, it took some time to find a local, organic CSA that was within a reasonable distance of us. the farm is about 37 miles from our home - with a drop off about 15 miles away. we are working on having enough subscribers in our 'hood to bring drop-off to our school. we are very excited about eating seasonally (which really is so easy in socal), expanding our palatte - and learning to cook a few new things.

the CSA is "Join the Farm", in Oxnard. With their Abundant Table project, they are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. every Sunday evening they host worship and a pot-luck dinner at the farm house. with strong ties to social justice and food access (their chaplain comes from south central farm), I feel a connection to our school gardens project, and hope to develop a closer relationship. we are looking forward to a visit.

CSA Spring 1

this week: artichoke, turnips, ruby lettuce, lacinato kale, chard, onion, chantenay carrots, beets, white carrots, leeks, haas avocados, cilantro, spinach, celery, arugula and broccoli. yum.

still working on a post about the school gardening...

Saturday, April 10, 2010

right now

{oak} above

it is the kind of weekend that is starting to blur at the edges. there is a lot to say - i want to talk about school gardens and all the amazing connections i am making. the things i am learning. "food access". "capacity building". "implementation strategies". i am fascinated and excited by it all.

but it will have to wait. right now, i want to just listen to my kids' giggles. and get ready for bed.

happy weekend!

out the front door.

Friday, April 09, 2010

dig in!


if you are in the LA area and are in any way connected to a school garden (or a community garden) - come by! it will be worth your while!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

growing local

i seem to have a lot of friends named john. lucky i suppose.

i visited with one today. to talk about school gardens - and how we were going to reinvent the idea at my girls' school. he is one of those people that i liked instantly. (we met when i took this class from him.) and although i haven't known him for that long, i feel like i have known him forever. we share the same politics. the same ex-pat status (though he is irish to my canadian). a softspot for chickens. and the same love of gardens. his is more hardcore. but he is winning me over.

here is the city sidewalk in front of his home.

farmer john's house :)

his front garden is amazing. poppies, western redbud, irises, fuchsia, sages - the usual california dry garden suspects - but also tomatoes, roses, sunflowers, fava beans, nasturtiums and the sweetest smelling sweatpeas ever.

front yard garden

front yard garden

the back garden has chickens, two hives and the makings of a small orchard. by the time i got back there my arms were full of honeycomb, oranges, and fava beans - so no pictures. i will have to go back.

all this less than a mile from me. in beautiful winnetka (a suburb of los angeles).

farmer john

oh, and he has an organic gardening company called "the woven garden". check it out!

Monday, April 05, 2010

seemingly random thoughts and images

which really represent the highlights of our spring break...

beach day
beach day with the freighbours.

good pesach
pesach with d's family

girl night out.
a night out with e. screening of a fabulous movie at a favourite museum.

d taking a day off.

a trip to the aquarium with dear friends to meet dear friends.

sunshine. and even a little rain.

chatting through the window (while eating the most amazing cinnamon bun ever).
neighourhood easter brunch.

things i didn't get a photo of:

my acceptance of a small position in support of greening LAUSD schoolyards. whoo hoo. i am sure i probably shouldn't have. but am excited i did.

staying up a little bit late every night. and sleeping in a little bit late every morning.

no making school lunches!

my new habit.

getting to know this amazing woman better. lucky me.

a meringue and a cinnamon bun.

Saturday, April 03, 2010



Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow!

Friday, April 02, 2010

aquarium of the pacific

field trippin'
field trippin'
field trippin'
field trippin'

spring break has passed much.too.quickly.