Farming with Nature – Reflections from an Urban Farm

In the heart of the Silicon Valley urban area, on the bank of the San Francisco Bay, there is a historic farm where vegetables are cultivated and livestock are raised in traditional farming ways. Here, we see organic vegetables that have the garden-fresh look you cannot find on the shelves of large-chain grocery stores. Here, we find grazing livestock happily roaming on natural pastures. Here, we witness crops being harvested and freshly supplied to our local community year round. And here, we feel closer to nature and to our community.

Located in Fremont, California, Ardenwood Historic Farm is home to more than 20 picture2different fruits and vegetables as well as over 10 different farm animals, serving the much-appreciated local farmers’ markets for more than 360,000 residents in the Tri-Valley area.

On a recent visit to the farm, I asked a worker why he has worked on the farm for 15 long years.  Continue reading

Seafood Risotto—Recipe from an Italian Memory

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          A few years ago while in middle school, I went on a trip to Venice where I had a chance to taste a uniquely flavored risotto. While eating the soupy risotto, a subtle flavor of fresh seafood permeated my palate, leaving a lasting impression in my mind. Seafood risotto—one of the many wonderful Italian foods we love, is one dish I have been hoping to experiment since my trip to Italy.   

          And here is my own recipe to cook a home-made seafood risotto.  Continue reading