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Our mission is to demonstrate the beauty, garden worthiness, and ecological appropriateness of California native gardens and to advance knowledge of native plants and increase their availability.

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We hope that you can commit a little time to join us at events that appeal to you to help set up, meet other gardeners, and share information about native gardens.


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Acorn Flour Chocolate Cake

This recipe makes a light and yet moist gluten-free cake!

Acorn Chocolate Cake


  • ½  c butter
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • ½ c stevia
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c acorn flour
  • ¼ c millet flour
  • ¼ c sorghum flour
  • 1 tsp salt

Melt the butter and the chocolate together. In a bowl, mix the melted mixture in with the stevia, eggs, and vanilla. Add the flour mixture, salt and mix all together!

Bake at 325 degrees F in a greased round or 9×9 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

No Compost!

Topsoil erosion.

Topsoil erosion.

I can’t believe it. No one composts here!  They have no composting program or even a proper waste system (toilets). They cut down trees for firewood, and because of this, 90% of their rain forest is gone. This problem can be fixed with one answer: COMPOST!

Constance and Deborah

Constance and Deborah

To help organize a program, I am working with a small team to create a sustainable composting system for the village... --->>

The Urban Farmers visit Middlebrook Center

The Middlebrook Center’s ELSEE garden had an inspiring group of visitors this weekend. Around 20 people from the Urban Farmers Cooperative met in the garden and had an excellent day learning, working, and socializing. Teaching docent Allison Federici, gave a tour of the garden and talked about the multitude of native and edible plants growing throughout the gardens.

The Urban Farmers Cooperative MeetUp Group

The Urban Farmers Cooperative MeetUp Group

The group then broke into smaller groups and participated in activities around the garden. Some people collected seed pods, while others... --->>

Ghanian Diet

Alrie and Paulina, a student in Ghana.

Alrie and Paulina, a student in Ghana.

Hello again!

In our classroom today, we discussed healthy diets. I told my students that they have better diets than most Americans.

Most days they eat corn, cassava, plantains and fish. They grow the plants in their own home gardens and catch the fish in the ocean. They also grow peanuts, tomatoes and spinach. There are no obese children in any of my classes. Ghanian diets, which... --->>