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Pay it Forward with Radical Acts of Kindness

It's not a typo. I did in fact use the word radical instead of random. Radical acts of kindness are a real thing. Radical...

Grow What You Love Book Trailer

 The Grow What You Love book trailer is just a small taste of what's in store for readers and anyone looking for simple ways...

Sneak Peek at the Grow What You Love Book! Releasing March 2018

Many of you may know that I’ve been squirreled away this past year writing my first book! The title of the book is Grow What...

Baylor Chapman & Lila B. Design

    Some of the most forward thinking living arrangements are the handiwork of Baylor Chapman, author of The Plant Recipe Book. I happened upon her...

What’s Your Mantra?

Mantras come and go while others stick. What’s your mantra? When I began writing Pass The Pistil I was filled with ideas — ideas spurned...

Grow What You Love with BigTruck

  When I went searching for an apparel company to match my own work and message, I immediately looked to bigtruck. They’re a self-described “fun...

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Weeds

"Emily, come help me weed..."  The wave of complete suffering that went through my body was whole and dramatic.  The effort of holding myself...

Personal Notes on Goal-Setting (& other everyday magic)

What's your goal-setting process? Does the new year mean a new you? Possibly. But I think we’ve been thinking about the business of goal-setting (aka...

The Gift of Trees

  It's no mystery that, as people, we're compelled by trees or that, as children, we're obliged to climb them. You could say it's part...

Brijette Romstedt & The San Diego Seed Company

  It was just 4 years ago when Brijette Romstedt realized she was part of something big, what she describes as "an innocent moment that...

A Year for Love & Book Making

  It's been 7 years since I began writing and capturing images for Pass The Pistil. When I started, I wasn't sure where it would...

Emily Murphy — Celebrating Gardens and Garden Makers

  Petal Pushers is a forum celebrating influential garden makers and green space advocates. A one-stop-shop to learn more about those who make our neighborhoods...

Cider Making with City Fruit: What if every town had a community orchard?

  Is this a memo from the universe? I returned home from a fabulous research trip to Seattle when a friend sent this photo via...

Grow What You Love and Pass It On

  In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them. If I...

20 Tips for Gardening with Kids

  What is one of your first childhood, garden memories? Does it jump to the tip of your mind? Or maybe you're like me and...

Random Acts of Flowers: Learnings From the SF Flower Show

  There are 3 things that jump out at me when reading the line-up for the coming San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. Make & Take...

Gifts for Gardeners

Whether homemade, reclaimed or store bought gift giving is personal and is, at its core, a wish for someone’s happiness — no matter the...

Snap Shots from Community Garden Plot 31b

  The story behind these photos begins some two years ago or more. It starts around the time when I found myself stepping away from...

Community Squeeze: 5 Key Takeaways From Gleaning & Food Making

  Fall comes and I'm reminded my garden is far bigger than the confines of the backyard. In fall, apple trees, figs, persimmons, and fall...

5 Fun Summer Activities for Kids

  School's out. At least for a few more weeks. I say make the most of it. Time for summer fun only the way summer...
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In gardening, as in life, I say, GROW WHAT YOU LOVE. Find the things that make you happy and grow them. Lots of them!

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