Startup offers tools, coaching for novice gardeners

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Brendan Ruiz, an urban farmer for Edible Urban Farm, tends to a garden. The garden-coaching business aims to help beginners grow their own food.

Creating an organic garden isn’t as straightforward as busting out the shovel and seeds. For local residents who lack green thumbs, breaking ground on a big backyard project without a direction to dig can prove daunting.

But it doesn’t have to be, or at least that’s the idea behind Edible Urban Farm, a Los Altos startup that enables people to turn their parched backyards into organic oases by providing raised beds, irrigation and gardening savvy to help clients grow their own food efficiently. They’ve recently modified their service to include personal coaches - known as "garden gurus" - who perform monthly checkups and give their clients customized video feedback so that they can learn how to farm for themselves.


Pack it up: Ways to ease relocation days

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Relocation can be made easier by organizing and purging unwanted items before packing for a move.

Many people consider "moving" a four-letter word - not six. For most, moving is far from a fun experience.


Annual festival features fun for everyone

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The 36th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival is expected to draw thousands of people to the downtown village this weekend. The festival features arts, crafts, food, wine and children's activities.

The 36th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be as big as ever - filled with an array of arts, crafts and children’s activities, a bevy of beverages - including local wines - and food galore.


Festival teems with tasty treats

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Barbecue chicken is a staple at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival. It’s one of the many offerings available for sale by the array of food vendors on Second and Third streets.

If it’s food you’re after, the 36th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival practically overwhelms with options - from sausages to salads, chicken to calamari and pulled pork to pasta.


Festival gets into the 'Zone' Array of amusements for kids abound

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Carnival games – with prizes for the winners – have been a big hit with kids at previous Los Altos Arts & Wine Festivals.

The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival’s Family Fun Zone offers children oodles of opportunities to play, sing and dance. Located directly off San Antonio Road and Third Street, the Family Fun Zone offers activities for kids of all ages.


For Nordin, art is in the bag

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Artistic handbag designer Yoshiko Nordin is in the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival for the first time.

Yoshiko Nordin, participating in the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival for the first time, uses kimono fabrics to create artistic handbags and other items. The Mountain View resident designs and produces all the pieces she sells.


Kish is fired up to be in festival

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Mountain View resident Danielle Kish makes jewelry from precious-metal clay, a soft clay that can be fired in a kiln to create solid metal. She launched her business, Sixteen50°, in 2011.

Danielle Kish is scheduled to participate in the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival this weekend for the first time and said she is "quite excited to be a part of it."


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