gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

Three years ago Dan and I lived in Berkeley, California, in the neighborhood known as the “Gourmet Ghetto.” And for a good reason. The weekly organic farmers’ market was just a stone’s throw from our place; we were only two blocks from Alice Waters’ famous Chez Panisse restaurant, shops selling artisanal ice cream and chocolate …

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Our time in Portland is coming to an end with a bang!! Our last week here happens to coincide with the Village Building Convergence, Portland’s annual 10-day place-making festival. This year, there are nearly 30 projects going on all over the city, collaboratively imagined and designed by the communities themselves. During the day, neighborhoods come …

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I think I’ve been raving about this before, but the phenomenon that I call the Pacific Northwest winter monsoon brings out an astonishing emerald greenery around here. And when you look closer, it turns out that a lot of it is moss. Moss creeping out everywhere, fragile but determined: on tree trunks, rooftops, stone walls, …

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