Welcome to MariLark


MariLark is steeped in history

Growing 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 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.

Now 20 years later, MariLark Farm has been established as a result of “The Greenhouse Effect.” Stay tuned for more about that and watch us grow.

MariLark circa 1950


Ben the Painter

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...

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Tomato Tasting 2017

It's time for our annual tomato tasting! This will be our fifth annual tasting and that alone warrants a blog post about tomato tastings. This year we will be featuring over 20 types of tomatoes from the local community, many of them grown from plants given away or...

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The Greenhouse Effect

In April of 2010, I realized that my life had changed in a big way. Was it an "ah hah" moment or just a realization of the potential things I could grow in the greenhouse? I called it "The Greenhouse Effect" loosely titled from the term made famous by Al Gore because...

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Our 5th annual tomato tasting was a huge success.