One of the things you may not realize about the Stanford University campus is that is has several working organic community gardens organized by the BeWell@Stanford sustainable food and healthy living program.
The Oak Road garden is by far the largest, and it is open by online application to Stanford students, staff, and faculty for a modest annual fee to help maintain a shared greenhouse and toolshed and to purchase mulch, soil, and seeds and such.
My wife and I have maintained in-ground plot B2 here for four years now. We grow all sorts of delicious, organically grown things for our family meals in the sempervirens117 cottage.
While you have to work, study, or be affiliated with Stanford to farm an in-ground or raised bed of your own, if the front gate is unlocked, ask a community garden member for permission to enter and look around. Just don’t take any vegetables or herbs or fruits with you. They belong to the gardeners who have worked hard to bring them to life.
Picture taking, however, is very much encouraged, and there are some nice wooden picnic tables and metal garden chairs inside as well, plus a huge grassy soccer field right next door for playing with the kids.
Stop by the Oak Road garden one day. You will enjoy the visit!
Say hi to the gophers and jackrabbits for me, should you encounter any of them.
Just be sure to tell that darned gopher to stay away from my tomato and peppers plants this year!
I am planting lots of garlic and using mesh anti-gopher cages on all my most valuable garden plants.
Fava beans growing in a raised bed in winter.
Just in case the gophers gets hungry …