Welcome to the MariLark Farms blog

Growing community one seed at a time.

Tomato tasting 2018

It was our sixth annual tomato tasting and each year it gets better and better. A number of first timers came so I expect it will continue to attract more and more people to this unique and fun event. The 2018 tomato tasting happened to fall on my birthday...

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Hello and welcome to MariLark!

This is a special place where my roots go deep. I am the founder of the modern MariLark, but I am not the one who picked the lot, designed the home and finally built it here in what was known as Berkeley Woods. After a lot of sweat, back aches and more, the corner has...

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My Iowa Story

My Iowa story starts in the summer of 1970 during a visit to my Grandparents in Clinton, Iowa, a ton on the banks of the M ississippi River.

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Historic MariLark

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...

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The Little Red Barn

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...

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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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Charlie Costello

Charlie Costello

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.