Pam Peirce

‘Tongue of Fire' Shell Beans
Photo by Pam Peirce


Upcoming Events

Pam lectures often on year-round gardening, small space gardening, climate and microclimate for gardeners, eating from a small garden, environmentally friendly pest management, wildly successful ornamental plants for Northern California gardens, learning to identify garden plants, and other topics.

Recent venues included the national convention of the Herb Society of America, the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, Pollinate Farm and Garden (in Oakland), Sloat Garden Center in SF, Kentfield, and Pleasant Hill, the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, several branches of the San Francisco Public Library, and training or enrichment programs for a couple of Bay Area Master Gardener programs.

On Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m. Pam will be giving a free talk about planting in the Secret Season at the Potrero Branch Library in San Francisco. It will be illustrated with a slide show of crops grown in San Francisco in the Secret Season. Copies of Golden Gate Gardening will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.The Potrero Library is located at 1616 20th Street, near Connecticut. Their phone number is 415-355-2822.

Here is the blurb for the Potrero Library talk:
Growing Food in the Bay Area's "Secret Season"
January through March is one of the best vegetable growing seasons of the Bay Area, and the one least utilized. Crops growing at this time use any rainfall they get to produce some of the most tender, crisp, and delectable harvests of our year. In this class you will learn will learn how to get the most from this least appreciated season. Pam will explain how to select varieties for this time of year, when and how to plant them, and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens. Even in drought years, you will rarely need to water "secret season" crops and will still reap delicious rewards!


In addition to events relating to gardening, Pam has been taking part in events to publicize the newly released book Ten Years that Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-1978. She has written an essay in this anthology about her experiences as a writer and editor of Turnover Magazine, a publication on food issues connected to the People's Food System, a group of collectively run wholesale and retail food businesses. You can learn more about the book at http:/​/​​books.html.

In concert with publication of this book, a walking tour of the Mission District of San Francisco has been set up. There are stations where one can use a cell phone or a smartphone to hear recorded excerpts of essays from the book. Pam's reading is at 20th Street and Alabama, the former site of several Food System businesses. Guided tours are announced at http:/​/​​tours.html. For more information, you can also call 415-608-9035.

In June of 2012, the publisher of Ten Years that Shook the City: 1968-1978 was given an award by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The award, which was for "Contribution to Publishing," was part of the 81st California Book Awards.

Selected Works

This essay appears in the book Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-1978, Edited by Chris Carlsson with Lisa Ruth Elliott, City Lights Books, 2011.
For vegetable gardening in the Bay Area, Golden Gate Gardening is indispensable
—Michael Pollan
This book teaches successful ornamental gardening in Northern California through 50 easy heirloom California garden plants.
Newspaper Column and Articles
A gardening Q&A column that appeared in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle and on from 2006-2014. The archive of "Golden Gate Gardener" is still readable online at this link. Starting March, 2015, a column with a somewhat different format will appear on first Sundays of each month.

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