In our pursuit of holistic sustainability, we’re attempting to be urban mini-farmers in San Francisco. We’ve got about 400 square feet of farmable land in our backyard, and our hope is to produce as much food as possible, sustainably and naturally. Here’s what our main plot looks like (excluding some side beds we’ve created) as of June 2012:

The Kuo Family Garden, June 2012

There are a bunch of great resources out there on gardening and mini-farming. Below is a list of blog entries and articles either by myself or my wife Marcia, and then a collection of resources for more information, including books and websites.


Grow Biointensive Master Charts (including a downloadable Excel spreadsheet) – Our attempt at simplifying the mystifying section known as the Master Charts in the Grow Biointensive method.

Blog Entries

Time to plant some seeds! (3/2/2012, Marcia)
Out of the garden and into the soup! (2/27/2012, Marcia)
Kuo Family Winter Garden 2011-2012: Mid-Season Update (1/12/2012)
Get a Year-Round Supply of Green Onions for Two Bucks (1/7/2012)
Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From? (12/19/2011)
Was Farming Easier Before Adam and Eve Ate from the Tree? (12/10/2011)
A New Profound Respect for People that Work With Their Hands (11/17/2011)
Learning Stuff the Hard Way (9/21/2011) – Our battle with slugs!
Who Needs a Gym When You Have a Mini-Farm? (8/2/2011)
We Shouldn’t Need the Terms “Fair Trade” and “Organic” (7/26/2011)
Food Ark (6/27/2011)
Living Mulch: An Organic Illustration of Churches and Church Networks (3/14/2011)
Lettuce (6/17/2010)
Grow soil, not crops (9/11/2009)


On Gardening

How to Grow More Vegetables (John Jeavons) – Thorough guide to farming sustainably and at the same time produce a lot of food!
The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally (Jere and Emile Gettle) – Great book on farming, non-GMO stuff, and crop-by-crop descriptions.
Small-Scale Grain Raising, Second Edition: An Organic Guide to Growing, Processing, and Using Nutritious Whole Grains, for Home Gardeners and Local Farmers
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

On Environmental Issues

Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability


Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
Bountiful Gardens
Common Ground Garden Supply
Ecology Action
Grow Biointensive YouTube Series – a quick, simple introduction to the Grow Biointensive method of farming.
Seed Savers Exchange

1 comment to GARDENING

  • Thanks for all these informative voides. I used to live in Alabama where I had an acre of land and always a big garden. I moved here to Florida nine years ago and now have a small city size yard. The soil here is very sandy. I tried a little garden a few years but gave up as it produced practically nothing. This year I put out some raised beds, (made out of old tires) and so far have been very pleased with the results. Keep posting the voides as raised? bed gardens are new to me.

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