A writer, photographer, and urban gardener, I decided in early 2010 that I wanted to start a blog about my experiences growing, cooking, and eating “real” food.

With a background in journalism (though I defected and am currently working as marketing coordinator for a youth hostel organization), I wanted to use that blog as a vehicle for meaningful, useful stories inspired by things and people outside of my own garden.

After months of brainstorming, designing, and coordinating with my tech master (aka Dad), I present to you: Urbivore.

My goal with Urbivore is to encourage and support local and hyper-local food production and healthy consumption of that food.

By doing so, I hope to increase sustainability and improve the lives of individuals and the community.

More about me

In the fall of 2009, I left my job as a newspaper reporter in Maine to move — on a whim — to Oakland, California. I have a BA in English, and post-college I’ve worked as a reporter, freelance writer, wedding photographer, yearbook sports photographer, and in marketing & communications.

Here in Oakland, in addition to gardening, I’ve been collecting 1950s and 60s furniture, checking out local hiking spots, enjoying rooftop views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland (before buying my first home in East Oakland), planning my next international backpacking trip, and figuring out how to navigate my life in a new town.

Contribute ideas

Looking for something in particular? Have an urban or suburban garden I could feature? Know an interesting farmer or gardener I might interview? Have a great recipe? Photo? Idea? Let me know in the comment section below!

7 Responses to “About”

  • Anne:

    I randomly stumbled on this blog today and I just wanted to send you a quick note: this blog is great! I live in Philadelphia (for now) and I love the gardening tips for my tiny little urban garden. I also love the recipes.
    Thank you!


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  • Hi There!

    I stumbled on your website through a search for local homesteading, and really dig what you have going on. I work for a local newspaper called the East Bay Express, and we are putting together our first Urban Home & Garden issue which will come out on April 17th. I know this might seem a bit unconventional for you, and I apologize for the shameless sales pitch, but with the awesomeness you are featuring here, I would love to at least talk to you a bit more about the issue.

    Interested in getting involved or not, hopefully we can at least touch base! :)

    Here’s my email: justin.harris@eastbayexpress.com

    Thanks so much, and enjoy the rest of your day!


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