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Welcome to the MariLark Farms blog

Growing community one seed at a time.

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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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.