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Farmer of the Week

Tweet  David’s first job out of college was driving produce trucks to and from Southern California farms.  He was hauling tomatoes and experienced first hand conventional agriculture and what it means environmentally and in the human rights arena. He said it was shocking.  He decided he wanted to make a change.  After working on documentaries […]

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Tweet  I’m happy to introduce Teague Weybright to the UrbanFig community.  Teague is a master gardener who dedicates much of his time to the LA community as the board president of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council.  He manages several school gardens in the area.  Parents ask him everyday how to start their own food […]

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Farmer of the Week: Darron Jalbert

by on December 12, 2012

Tweet  We are proud to introduce you to Darron Jalbert, our Farmer of the Week and owner of Backyard Veggie Garden.  They are a full-service garden company specializing in family vegetable and fruit gardens using organic techniques.  He is a proud father of two, and as he lovingly says, he’s married to “a great woman […]

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Farmer of the Week: Matt Schwaiger

by on November 27, 2012

Tweet We’re please to introduce you to Matt Schwaiger, the garden manager at The Ashram, an oasis in the Santa Monica mountains that is a health and wellness yoga retreat center. He and his father, Steve, maintain the entire bountiful garden themselves.  This amazing 3/4 acre garden provides seasonal organic vegetables and greens to the […]

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Farmer of the Week: Kristi Jones

by on November 13, 2012

TweetWe’re happy to introduce you to Kristi Jones, the Backyard Diva, who was first inspired to garden by her great-grandfather, Grandpa Mike. He  gardened until he was 98 years old!  He taught her about vegetable gardening and passed on his prolific and locally famous bean pole seeds. Kristi shares her vegetables, seeds and flowers with […]

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Farmer of the Week: KAYE KITTRELL

by on October 23, 2012

Tweet  I’m pleased to introduce you to Kaye Kittrell, an actress and gardening lover. She has a gardening web series called www. latebloomershow.com.  She has some wonderful gardening advice below. NUMBER OF YEARS URBAN GARDENING: 1 FAVORITE THINGS TO GROW: Tomatoes, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Squash URBAN FARMING LOCATION: Pacific Palisades, CA GARDENING ADVICE: Don’t crowd seedlings! […]

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TweetI’m happy to introduce you to Nikki Striefler. She is a mother of twins and an entrepreneur who recently launched Glad.is, a website  focused on helping people curate their spiritual life. Interested in learning about meditation or Hinduism or shamanism or something else?  Glad.is has a directory that explains these terms and then leads you […]

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Farmer of the Week: Susan Klos

by on October 9, 2012

TweetI’m an active member of the Mar Vista Community Council Green Committee working to create greater awareness of environmental issues and eco-friendly lifestyles in Los Angeles. I recently received my California Real Estate license and work as a “green” realtor. I’ve also written (and received) an eco-tourism grant for Cyrila’s Chocolates, a small Mayan-owned organic […]

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Farmer of the Week: Sara Shaikh

by on August 28, 2012

Tweet  Each day that goes by Sara is happier spending hours in the kitchen cooking freshly picked vegetables from her garden rather than sitting in front of the computer all day long creating digital art like she used to. Motherhood opened her eyes to the importance of a holistic approach to health and the ancient […]

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Tweet    Paul is a physician and the father of three children living in Los Angeles with his wife, Elsa.  Ever since graduating from college he’s always had a veggie garden, from Chicago to North Carolina.  But here in Los Angeles, it’s his biggest urban farm yet. This year he grew 80 ears of corn. […]

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TweetI first met Mindy and Shera at the Spring Garden Show in Costa Mesa, CA.  Mindy is a true lover of gardening and she lights up when she talks about it.  And Shera is just like her mother.  Mindy is a photographer and Shera helps run the business. They’re quite the duo. It is lovely […]

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Tweet  UrbanFig is pleased to introduce you to Colby Eierman. He’s a horticultural consultant, an author , a wine  growing specialist, a biodynamic consultant, a landscape designer and a home food production expert to name a few of his talents.  He lives the dream – managing several edible gardens in Napa Valley for restaurants and […]

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Farmer of the week: David King

by on August 1, 2012

TweetUrbanfig is excited to introduce you to David King. He was born in Kansas, but don’t hold that against him! A transplant to Los Angeles, he applied his experience in growing food to the Mediterranean Climate found here. He is the Gardenmaster for The Learning Garden (www.thelearninggarden.org) and the inaugural chair of the Seed Library […]

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Farmer of the week: Sandy Ray

by on July 25, 2012

TweetUrbanfig is excited to introduce you to Sandy Ray,  a retired elementary school teacher, an avid quilter,  involved in  a number of groups who make quilts for philanthropy, such as the V.A Hospital, low income pre-schools, Wounded Warriors, and other groups where the need is great. She also loves cooking  for  her husband and is […]

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TweetUrbanfig is excited to introduce you to Rob McFarland, co-Founder of HoneyLove.org a 501(c)3 non-profit conservation organization with a mission to protect the honeybees and inspire and educate new urban beekeepers. NUMBER OF YEARS URBAN GARDENING: 8 FAVORITE THINGS TO GROW: Blueberries, artichokes, and lettuce URBAN FARMING LOCATION: Del Rey Neighborhood of Los Angeles GARDENING […]

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TweetChicken Fever By: Rachel Bruno Three years ago, when my daughter was 3.5 and my son was 1.5, I woke up in the middle of the night with one thing on my mind. Chickens. I think it was a hormone/brain miscommunication. My body probably wanted another baby, but my brain swapped one egg for another. […]

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TweetRachel and Phil Bruno are what you would call cool Angelino urbanites with a plethora of talents and interests.  They both work in the film advertising world, have two beautiful children, love to travel, camp, cook good food and of all things, they raise chickens! Three years ago, Rachel woke up in the middle of […]

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Urbanfig Farmer of the Week: Chef Bob

Farmer of the Week: Chef Bob

by on June 14, 2012

TweetUrbanFig is excited to introduce you to Chef Bob. His family-owned business uses organically and locally grown produce for his catering business.   Bob changed his own life by going organic and now he’s on a mission to  provide fresh ingredients to his customers.  He also grows his own food at home.  His small business is […]

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Urban Fig Farmer of the Week: Kip Wood.

Farmer of the Week: Kip Wood

by on June 10, 2012

Tweet Number of Years Urban Gardening: 3 Favorite Things to Grow: Dinosaur Kale and Red Beets Urban Farming Location: Venice, California at the Venice Community Garden Gardening Advice: Go for it. Plant whatever tickles your fancy and remember there are no mistakes, only experiments (someone much wiser than me said that and I just stole […]

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