Tomato Tasting 2018
Our sixth annual tasting was a success!
Building community one seed at a time
Live your passions, realize your dreams!
MariLark was established in 1997 to honor the memory of Marie and Larkin Smith. They were the great aunt and uncle of the current owner and built MariLark in 1941, calling their home “MariLark” a combination of their two names, Marie and Larkin.
To honor their dedication and passion to their home and the local community, a sign was carved in 1997 and placed on the corner of the property to commemorate and continue the tradition of the passion for the home and local community.
Ever wonder what effect a greenhouse might have on your life? Well, this little 6′ x 8′ structure changed my life. Watch it being built here. →
MariLark circa 1950
MariLark was built in 1941 by Marie and Larkin Smith, calling it MariLark soon after completing the construction. Back then the neighborhood was like being in the woods and was called Berkeley Woods before being incorporated into the City of Berkeley in...read more
Launching a movement! Rarely in life do you exceed your expectations and the launch of the Community Seed Bank (CSB), otherwise known as the little red barn, was one of those occasions. In the planning stages for years, the seed bank and the adjoining farm...read more
I met Ben Nardinelli about three years ago at a San Francisco Bay/East Bay Urban Farm tour. The farm tour, set up by Ruby at the Institute for Urban Homesteading, visited a number of urban farms in the Berkeley and Oakland border area. We were stopped at Wanda...read more
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Myth #1 - I need a greenhouse to start seeds!
Myth #2: Growing Organic doesn't really matter
Myth #3: My home-grown tomatoes are expensive
Heirloom tomatoes grown at home will not only taste better, they are more nutritious and can be much cheaper than those in the store. Be careful, after growing your own tomatoes you may never want to buy a store “grown” tomato again. You probably already know that gardening for food requires certain maintenance like organic fertilizers, care of the soil and more, making most people think that you need to spend a lot of money to grow great tomatoes.