Humans Make the Best Vases

Adventures in growing at a So. Cal. School Garden and urban farm #flowersonyourhead
That moment when #ag extension agents become goddesses of  #nature and umm, #urbanag??? #flowersonyourhead #flores #gratitude  (at Muir Ranch)

That moment when #ag extension agents become goddesses of #nature and umm, #urbanag??? #flowersonyourhead #flores #gratitude (at Muir Ranch)

All hail, Queen of Basil #Flowers, @nishavida! This pic is enough to warrant our former @muirranch event diva to put together a #farmandtable dinner at #UCLA Law? We shall see! #flowersonyourhead #gmo #omg #schoolgarden #gratitude #cagrown #yaybees #gardenchat  (at Muir Ranch)

All hail, Queen of Basil #Flowers, @nishavida! This pic is enough to warrant our former @muirranch event diva to put together a #farmandtable dinner at #UCLA Law? We shall see! #flowersonyourhead #gmo #omg #schoolgarden #gratitude #cagrown #yaybees #gardenchat (at Muir Ranch)

We could have our #farmandtable dinners without music and @karenelaineviola, but why would we ever do that? It’s not a party without the night elves singing to the #flowers (Yes, Karen I know that you are actually playing for the artichokes and amaranth, but we humans thank you for sharing with us too). #schoolgarden #latergram #cagrown #flores #nature #art #gratitude #beautifulsoul #flowersonyourhead  (at Muir Ranch)

We could have our #farmandtable dinners without music and @karenelaineviola, but why would we ever do that? It’s not a party without the night elves singing to the #flowers (Yes, Karen I know that you are actually playing for the artichokes and amaranth, but we humans thank you for sharing with us too). #schoolgarden #latergram #cagrown #flores #nature #art #gratitude #beautifulsoul #flowersonyourhead (at Muir Ranch)

The face of #failure? “Failed Retirement” that is. I never get tired of seeing #goddess #earth #diva and UC #MasterGardener (and retired LAUSD principal) Eileen Hatrick’s face at @muirranch, whether she’s working w/the kids in the kitchen or eating with us it’s always wonderful. Makes me proud to have retired my carpenter bags and help to create a space where sparks of the divine happen. #schoolgarden #community #gratitude #flowersonyourhead #dahlia #fleurs #cagrown  (at Muir Ranch)

The face of #failure? “Failed Retirement” that is. I never get tired of seeing #goddess #earth #diva and UC #MasterGardener (and retired LAUSD principal) Eileen Hatrick’s face at @muirranch, whether she’s working w/the kids in the kitchen or eating with us it’s always wonderful. Makes me proud to have retired my carpenter bags and help to create a space where sparks of the divine happen. #schoolgarden #community #gratitude #flowersonyourhead #dahlia #fleurs #cagrown (at Muir Ranch)

We couldn’t have our #farmandtable dinners without Nikki Parrish. And we wouldn’t couldn’t have Nikki Parrish without her mama! #flowersonyourhead #schoolgarden #cagrown #happy #flores #gratitude  (at Muir Ranch)

We couldn’t have our #farmandtable dinners without Nikki Parrish. And we wouldn’t couldn’t have Nikki Parrish without her mama! #flowersonyourhead #schoolgarden #cagrown #happy #flores #gratitude (at Muir Ranch)

You can search all of #SoCal,  #california — and even the US — and one would not find a boss, let alone school district facilities executive with the vision, grace, grit and heart of landscape architect and contractor, Shirly Barrett, @plannedlanddesigns. So only fitting that on my #birthday she relented to #flowersonyourhead. 

Little secret: none of the #schoolgarden that is @muirranch, the #beehives or #plugmob-s or #waterwise irrigation or the majority of the student payroll (from MWD lawn rebates) or our refrigeration units would be possible without this amazing woman. She’s the highest order of #dirtbag, a #beewhisper, a girl with a wheelbarrow, the botanic version of the #beverlyhillbillies truck driver, a #gopher destroyer, a #boss inspiration to all of the young female (and boy) interns… and I’m grateful for this dearest of friends. 

#HappyBirthday, indeed!


#gratitude #beautifulsoul #service (at Muir Ranch)

You can search all of #SoCal, #california — and even the US — and one would not find a boss, let alone school district facilities executive with the vision, grace, grit and heart of landscape architect and contractor, Shirly Barrett, @plannedlanddesigns. So only fitting that on my #birthday she relented to #flowersonyourhead.

Little secret: none of the #schoolgarden that is @muirranch, the #beehives or #plugmob-s or #waterwise irrigation or the majority of the student payroll (from MWD lawn rebates) or our refrigeration units would be possible without this amazing woman. She’s the highest order of #dirtbag, a #beewhisper, a girl with a wheelbarrow, the botanic version of the #beverlyhillbillies truck driver, a #gopher destroyer, a #boss inspiration to all of the young female (and boy) interns… and I’m grateful for this dearest of friends.

#HappyBirthday, indeed!


#gratitude #beautifulsoul #service (at Muir Ranch)

This “little, Title I, inner-city high school with a #socialenterprise #farmandtable #urbanag program” knows how to throw a party. 

Meet Ajna: Lawyer, eater, #MasterGardener, #diva, @muirranch fan and #dahliaelf. 


#gratitude #flores #fall #cagrown #flowersonyourhead #schoolgarden #gratitude  (at Muir Ranch)

This “little, Title I, inner-city high school with a #socialenterprise #farmandtable #urbanag program” knows how to throw a party.

Meet Ajna: Lawyer, eater, #MasterGardener, #diva, @muirranch fan and #dahliaelf.


#gratitude #flores #fall #cagrown #flowersonyourhead #schoolgarden #gratitude (at Muir Ranch)

So grateful to the team that converted our outdoor classroom to #this last night. Yes! #adifferentcityispossible! 

When you talk about birthday presents, this one is pretty stunning, literally? To Nikki Parish, Ernie Miller @rlmprovisions, Doss Jones @farmer_jonesy, Shirly Barrett @plannedlanddesigns, Jill MacArthur, @sarahsitashutman, Bettina Gatti, @nishavida, Martin Morales, David Kiang, karen Elaine, Ynes Zavalla, @meganranegar, @wfmarroyo crew and of my #farmandtable interns and everyone who bought a ticket or supported us – I’m indebted to and blessed by you. 

And to @dailydosecafe, @officialrfd, @jenniecooks (look at those plates), @heirloomla and @rlmprovisions know that you haven’t just catered a meal at a title1, inner-city high school vacant lot. You demolished preconceptions of what food is for all of my students and their families. You’ve given them a taste of what “black kale and #heirloom squash salad” tastes like AND that they deserve it everyday. Take that @marthastewart! Now where are those recipes for the @muirranch cookbook? 

#schoolgarden  (at Muir Ranch)

So grateful to the team that converted our outdoor classroom to #this last night. Yes! #adifferentcityispossible!

When you talk about birthday presents, this one is pretty stunning, literally? To Nikki Parish, Ernie Miller @rlmprovisions, Doss Jones @farmer_jonesy, Shirly Barrett @plannedlanddesigns, Jill MacArthur, @sarahsitashutman, Bettina Gatti, @nishavida, Martin Morales, David Kiang, karen Elaine, Ynes Zavalla, @meganranegar, @wfmarroyo crew and of my #farmandtable interns and everyone who bought a ticket or supported us – I’m indebted to and blessed by you.

And to @dailydosecafe, @officialrfd, @jenniecooks (look at those plates), @heirloomla and @rlmprovisions know that you haven’t just catered a meal at a title1, inner-city high school vacant lot. You demolished preconceptions of what food is for all of my students and their families. You’ve given them a taste of what “black kale and #heirloom squash salad” tastes like AND that they deserve it everyday. Take that @marthastewart! Now where are those recipes for the @muirranch cookbook?

#schoolgarden (at Muir Ranch)

When 12 year-old boys say “I don’t want #flowersonyourhead”  they mean more #swampthing, #wherethewildthingsare and #compost monster than girly-#pixie-forest-#elf even tho’… 

it’s all the same thing. Live big kids. Live big! 


#schoolgarden #farmtotable #cagrown #healthykids #nature  (at Muir Ranch)

When 12 year-old boys say “I don’t want #flowersonyourhead” they mean more #swampthing, #wherethewildthingsare and #compost monster than girly-#pixie-forest-#elf even tho’…

it’s all the same thing. Live big kids. Live big!


#schoolgarden #farmtotable #cagrown #healthykids #nature (at Muir Ranch)

What to wear to the @muirranch dinner? Mrs @gardening_angel dons #flowersonyourhead quite well. #girasol #flores #instabloom #schoolgarden #gardenchat #cagrown #glam (at Muir Ranch)

What to wear to the @muirranch dinner? Mrs @gardening_angel dons #flowersonyourhead quite well. #girasol #flores #instabloom #schoolgarden #gardenchat #cagrown #glam (at Muir Ranch)