Sunday, January 16, 2011

One Year at Hayes Valley Farm

Over 2,000 volunteers have been building Hayes Valley Farm. Here's a montage of my farm photos from 2010.

I've been working on several art projects at the farm, including the Photo Adventure ClubDusker, and Interdependence Day. To learn about upcoming Photo Adventure Club meet-ups, contact me at: edibleoffice (at) gmail (dot) com

Friday, May 21, 2010

Map of Hayes Valley Farm - aerial view circa 2009 (Before the Farm Began)

Click on the aerial photograph to go to an interactive image showing how a former freeway off-ramp has been transformed into an urban farm.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Join the Photo Adventure Club

photographers - By Helen E. Tout

I just started a Photo Adventure Club! We'll be having photo scavenger hunts every Thursday & Sunday afternoon this month at Hayes Valley Farm, the new 2.2 acre farm in the middle of San Francisco.

Eat watermelon, and take portraits in the field of fava beans growing on the former 101 freeway on-ramp. All ages welcome! No need to sign up, just show up.

Photo Adventure Club
3-4pm Thursdays & Sundays in May
At Hayes Valley Farm
450 Laguna Street & Oak, San Francisco

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Mustard, originally uploaded by edibleoffice.

Mustard loves the fog of San Francisco. My dream of a purple peacock terrace has come to life with four cultivars of mustard: Giant Southern, Giant Red, and Ruby Streaks, and Osaka Purple Wave.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Garden Picnic: How Seeds Travel

Edible Office, in collaboration with fellow information designer Erin Wilson, has been busy developing the Pocket Seed Library (PSL). The PSL is an ongoing collection of seed packets and growing instructions designed to encourage people to plant, save and share seeds. Check out the Pocket Seed Library website and, if you're in the Bay Area, join us for A Garden Picnic: How Seeds Travel, a community potluck in the magical backyard garden of Southern Exposure Gallery.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Yin Yang, Pandas, Eggs, or Beans? I like food that looks like other food.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Mr. Tomato Head

Adventures with vistalux and a tomato from her mom's local farmer's market

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Faux Carrots

Marzipan carrots
Carrot carrot peeler (The carrot peeler has a sculpted carrot handle.)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Art from the Edible Office Retreat!

Stills from "Facedown"
Originally uploaded by edibleoffice
Dia Felix wrote and directed a movie in the course of the 7 hour Edible Office Artist Retreat. Starring: Bonnie Dundee and Corinna Press. Cinematography: Jed Bell.

Margaret's Stone Fruit Radicchio Salad

At the Artist Retreat, Margaret improvises a savory salad with seasonal fruit and bitter greens: plums, red and green nectarines, white and yellow, apricots, radicchio (fresh from the Edible Office), spearmint, raw walnuts, shallots, fresh ginger, olive oil, salt and pepper

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chef-in-Residence #1

During her residency at the farm, Margaret Tedesco of [second floor projects] harvests the first of this summer's cultivars, then experiments in the kitchen. Let's just say, I hope to have her here for another residency! Yum!
  • Mixed farm greens with nasturtium and calendula flowers, feta, dates, & lemon vinaigrette
  • Thai red rice cooked with coconut milk & sage
  • Corn relish with sautéed shallots and red peppers
  • Sauteed pumpkin seeds with nutmeg and cayenne

Hairy Flowers: Specimen 1

Tuesday, June 10, 2008



Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Let's Trade Seeds

Spread this activist meme: the re-awakening of community through urban farms and farmer's markets.
  • Let's share. If you have seeds, I'd love to trade with you.
  • Meet me at The Ecology Center's Seed Library, where people can 'check out' seeds and then return their "spawn" within a few years.
  • Contact me if you want an invite to the next seed trade and Urban Homesteader Trading Card Exchange.
  • Get involved with a food advocacy organization or local farm.

Food Advocacy Organizations & Other Farmy Links

Keep spreading this activist meme.

Food Advocacy Organizations: We like to eat great food grown lovingly by great people! Save small organic farms!
Urban Farms: Get involved! Or make your own!
Seed Banks: Preserve Diversity! Fight Monsanto!
Farm Art: Inspire Beauty and Wonder!
Seed Suppliers We Like
  • Seeds of Change
  • Seed Savers
  • Nichols Gardens

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Last week I visited my friend Topiary on the day she redesigned her garden. I wanted to bring her a yacon plant but didn't feel like haggling with airport security. I settled for showing her my wallet pictures: Here's Yacon when she was just a wee tuber, here's her at one month, here's what she made at harvest time...ah, I'm a gramma now! (I have a dozen or so yacon babies I have been gifting to friends).

For the record: my obsession began long before yacon became totally trendy, a foodie rage which I predict will grow over the coming year. Yacon is so in demand, it's now near impossible to order. This is why it's good to have farmer friends.

Tuber photo by Seeds of Change

Growth Cycle of a Yacon Plant

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Urban Homesteader Trading Cards!

Know the eco-heroes in your neighborhood?
Collect & trade Urban Homesteader & EcoCitizen Trading Cards!
Want to be featured on a trading card?
Convert your lawn into a vegetable garden!

Urban Homesteader Trading Cards feature people engaged with a sustainable, activist, or DIY activity, who then share this practice and knowledge with others. The cards are designed to build community and illustrate innovative approaches to urban living.

Contact me if you want to be part of the trading card deck. All participants will get a set of cards and an invitation to the next trading card exchange party.
Share the inspiring activities you are doing.
Then let the trading begin!

Monday, March 24, 2008

My First Seed Exchange

I recently crawled out of winter hibernation so that I could participate in the seed exchange at the Ecology Center. The potluck hoedown seed trading event reminded me of the best parts of my hippy childhood. Between us, we had an amazing diversity and abundance of seeds. Year round, at the Ecology Center's Bay Area Seed Exchange Library (BASIL) "local gardeners and farmers can 'check out' seeds with the agreement that they attempt to grow them out and 'return' some seeds of the next generation at the end of the season."

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Specimens from the Alphabet Garden

Diagram by farmcore

I'm having left-brain right-brain wars as the information architect tries to collaborate with the farmer. Taxonomy is a shared sport. Sort of. My heart gets distracted by the poetry of names: "love lies bleeding." It does, doesn't it? Farm lore changes the flavor of a vegetable: Yacon is a secret among farmers. I reach into the dirt to pull up the tuberous root, native to the Andes. My fingers navigate through clusters of bulbous roots, pick a promising one. Then, excavate! Peel off the skin. Bite into a body of water. Like jicama, but gentler. Only a slight taste--unexpected and almost chemical. Saffron?

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Photo by Lissa Ivy

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Family Farm: One Year Old!

Photo by Lissa Ivy, cake design by Julianna Sassaman