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2019 Tomato Tasting – save the date!
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Tomato tasting. Celebrating our 7th annual this year, please join us on Saturday, September 21, 2019.When: Saturday, Sept. 21, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.