In 1976, two UC Davis graduate students bought 20 acres of land in the highly arable Capay Valley. One of the students, Kathleen Barsotti, was working toward her master's degree in ecology and was determined to grow vegetables and fruits in an eco-friendly way: organically. The organic-food movement hadn't yet entered the public consciousness, and Kathleen worked overtime to convince restaurants, stores, and consumers of the taste-able merits of her process. Over time, given the possible health and environmental benefits of certified organic food, she succeeded. The farm sprouted to 300 acres to accommodate the increased demand. Today, a second generation runs the farm as well as a shop inside San Francisco's Ferry Building. Dubbed Farm Fresh To You, the store furnishes customers' bags or portable cornucopia horns with all sorts of soil-sprouted goods, including heirloom tomatoes, sweet peas, and fresh asparagus. The farm also teams up with fellow Yolo County and Pacific Northwest farms to deliver boxes of seasonal produce to area homes.
Recently profiled by The Atlantic for its members' innovative inventions, TechShop’s supportive community of inventors, artists, technicians, and alchemists share their excitement about the next big idea in an environment limited only by their collective imagination. The 17,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity beckons people of all skill levels to its DIY confines, where members can wield tools not found in most private workshops, slicing through steel with a plasma cutter or accessing 3-D design software to finally realize the goal of crawling inside the Internet. Hands-on classes jump-start creative juices, introducing students to vocational skills including welding, soldering, and woodworking. Neophyte inventors aged 12–17 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
One of the oldest businesses in the community, Redwood City Nursery's expert staff digs through an assortment of flowers, trees, fertilizers, grasses, and gardening supplies. Most of its full-time employees have more than 20 years of nursery experience, lending thoughtful guidance on how to quickly spruce up a garden with colorful annuals or the most tactful way to let prickly pine branches know that they’re shedding. Pick up a six-pack of annuals ($3.05) to fill flower beds that have been empty since the youngest Cabbage Patch Kid left for college, or spice up dinners with a healthy selection of herbs and vegetables. Cantankerous cacti can be placed in a customer-selected container by request, and birdhouses and bird feeders attract welcome feathered friends, as opposed to unwelcome feathered friends like Darrell.
Tom’s Outdoor Furniture™ is a locally run business providing thousands of its customers with fine “Grade A” teak outdoor furniture and great customer service for many years.
We are a Diamond Certified® company, which means that we have been independently rated highest in quality, trust and satisfaction.
We carry the Bay Area's largest selection of wood furniture. With over 1300 different items in stock, you are sure to not only find a quality piece of furniture, but at the lowest prices available for you to take home today. We even do custom furniture and custom finishing. Check out our Quality and Greener stores!
After spending years as a salesman for top mattress lines, Steve Shore needed a new mattress himself. Rather than opt for a steep employee discount on one of the mattresses he sold, the enterprising Mr. Shore collected various natural materials and had them assembled into a mattress that met his exacting specifications: a comfy sleep cushion made with no potentially toxic components. The result was such an improvement over the big-name mattresses he sold that Mr. Shore and his son eventually decided to produce a line of organic mattresses based on the prototype, on which Mr. Shore slept soundly for more than a decade.
Now, the Shore men sell their mattresses under the Eco-Cloud name in The Natural Mattress Store. Made from high-quality steel coils topped with natural latex, Eco-Cloud mattresses resist accumulating allergens and nightmare blueprints and retain their shape and support for years. Organic wool and cotton covers help keep sleepers cool and snug in bed by deflecting body heat and wicking away moisture. Each Eco-Cloud mattress comes with a 12-year, nonprorated warranty. In addition to the Eco-Cloud line, The Natural Mattress Store carries more than 20 organic mattresses, as well as eco-friendly, solid wood bedroom furniture from Pacific Rim Woodworking, Bedworks of Maine, and Vermont Furniture Designs.