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.

Upcoming Public Events (All of the Following Events are Free)

Getting the Most From Your Small-Space Cool, Foggy, San Francisco Food Garden: August 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Other Avenues Food Store, 3930 Judah, San Francisco. For more information, call Other Avenues at (415) 661-7475.
The focus will be on what to plant from mid-August till spring, but Pam will also talk about a year-round plan, and how to maximize your harvest while minimizing pests. Part of the time will be devoted to your questions and to signing of copies of Golden Gate Gardening.

Planting In and For the Secret Season, 3 Saturday morning talks at branches of Sloat Garden Centers.
October 7, Pleasant Hill, 10 a.m., 2895 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA, for more information call 925-939-9000.
October 14, Kentfield, 10 a.m., 700 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Kentfield, CA, for more information, call 415-454-0262.
November 4 San Francisco, 10 a.m.,  2700 Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco, CA, for more information, call 415-566-4415.
These one hour long talks will cover how to grow crops in and for harvest in the months January through March. Crops grown this time of year are especially tender and mild, are especially welcome in the kitchen, and rarely require irrigation. Each of the following talks will include useful handouts and copies of Golden Gate Gardening will be available for purchase and signing.


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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