The garden is located on the edge the rural Mt. Diablo foothills.The closer a garden is to its original native state, the more problems it seems to have with critters. Because of the voracious gophers that infest this area the beds at the Buttercup Farms Garden are in raised boxes and lined with wire mesh.
The original beds at the garden were built with recycled redwod 2 x12s from 1990's Berkeley Market garden called Kona Kai Farms. This wood looked recycled when it was in Berkeley. By Spring of 2010 they had extreme weathering and physical as well earwig and termite damage. We are re-using what's good in the old boards for blocks, borders and stakes.
In 2012, thanks to generous donations from friends and through a Kickstarter campaign, we were able to raise enough money to purchase the materials to complete our raised bed project. Gary, David and a bevvy of volunteers rallied together to build and fill our remaining beds. By October of 2012 the garden has a half-acre of over fifty redwood raised beds, which more than doubled our growing capacity. We are so thankful for everyone's help, support and donations!