Welcome to the MariLark Farms blogGrowing community one seed at a time.
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
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...read more
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...read more
A passionate urban farmer and seed saver who is trying to find his place in the bigger world. MariLark was established in 2007 and remains a place where we build community one seed at a time. Charlie is a writer, photo journalist, and social media advocate with a greenhouse effect of his own.