Category: Garden Share

2014-2015 Farm Hill Garden

October 2015.

This is year two of our private partnership with some apartment dwellers, their friends, some Incredible Edible core team members and their friends.

Built into a steep hillside the team did their best in the first year of the garden and harvested tomatoes, beans, sunflowers, squash, salad greens and more. Flowers were interplanted to keep the bees happy and strawberries and a grape vine were planted in hopes of future year harvests.  Carrie Lee worked with her landlord supported by Incredible Edible’s Carla Waters to build basic retaining walls with Vici Varghese.

This spring with the dreams of Carla, design savvy of Josh Shade, materials scrounging talents of Claire Felong and hard labor of Miguel Dilg, Vici & Paul Higgins substantial improvements were made. In April new retaining walls were built and old ones raised and re-enforced. Many buckets and bags of rocks, courtesy of a Freecycler, were  packed, transported then dumped as a bottom layer. In May a City of Redwood City compost giveaway day, along with the prospect of planting and transplanting, energized us to fill up the beds.

Planting soon ensued and helping Carla were Eyleen S, Christen D, Bianca C and Nova; last year’s choices were rotated along with additions of aztec spinach, amaranth and blueberries. Some of the imported soil for the retaining wall sections was low in nitrogen and phosphorus but thanks to Vici’s  home soil test kit skills  we knew to add chicken manure and bone meal. The plants responded immediately!

Next, Redwood City again to the rescue with mulch giveaways and we’re able to lay down a few inches everywhere to retain most of the moisture for the growing produce during this record drought year. Billy James donated a more robust compost bin and Kelly C joined our venture at mulch time.

Everyone, including several residents and their children are now watering and harvesting. Our most recent project has been learning to bend rebar to form an arch both to create a proper welcoming entrance and to support our prodigious grape vine.

If you’d like to join us on our projects or follow us on our projects, contact us through our Incredible Edible Facebook page.


P.S.  Sadly the Farm Hill garden closed in 2016. Carla moved to the East Bay and the apartment building was sold to new owners who had other plans for the garden space. Let us know if you know of another location that you’d like to be part of making into a new community garden. 





Redwood City to host Incredible Edible Co-Founder Mary Clear

We are excited that Mary Clear, co-founder and current chair of the mothership, Incredible Edible Todmorden UK, will be visiting the Bay Area in late April with her husband, Fred. Here you can understand the broad spectrum of the activities she oversees that support the home community.

Our intrepid CAD designer Josh Shade will be hosting them at his home and we will share the joys of the Bay Area local food movement with them during their stay.

The culmination of their visit will be a presentation by Mary on Sunday, April 24 at 1 pm at the Redwood City Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. She promises to be both inspiring and entertaining!

If sharing a Sunday afternoon with Mary sounds like your cup of tea, register for the event at http://maryclear.eventbrite.com

If you can, please spread the news to others by posting a flyer at your school, congregation, coffee shop or work place.  Upload the flyer below to print out for distribution.

If you are on Facebook, you can share our Redwood City Incredible Edible page with friends.

Please join us in giving Mary a huge Golden State welcome!

January 14, 2014 – Our First Planting!

We are so jazzed to be partners with Redwood City Parks & Recreation and also with CityTrees for our first tree planting at Red Morton Park on January 18, 2014 at 10 am.

Mark your calendars and start exercising your abs! We’ll soon be sending out a sign up invite. CityTrees will be providing tools and expertise but we need more folks. If you’d like to become more involved with our group, join our Incredible Edible Redwood City Yahoo!Group.

We will be planting nine fruit trees behind the baseball field wall and so far have six tree donations. If you would like to donate a tree (any but kind EXCEPT peace or nectarine) or would like to contribute toward the purchase, please respond to this post, as well

A special shoutout to our awesome Parks & Rec partners Chris Beth, Francisco Espinoza and Valerie Matonis.
Edibly Yours,

The Incredible Edible Core Team

Ann, Carol, Josh, Tom, Carolyn & Claire