Monthly Archives: 08/2013


Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Sustainability

Our new compost area and system is working well. By turning the compost with the tractor instead of by hand it allows us to turn the piles more frequently providing oxygen for the decomposers to break down the organic matter faster.

harvest—-> build

Posted on by Surprise Highway
Filed under: Design, Build

Kinya Shiraishi, a graduate student from U.C. Berkeley's  Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, has been volunteering for the garden all summer. On his last day before school starts we decided to design and build a simple fence to keep people from damaging a hedge by cutting  through to get to a little pool of water. We started by harvesting some golden bamboo growing in the wetland, laid out our harvest, put in some steel rebar as supports and then tied the structure together with palm cord after it was soaked in water for about 15 minutes.