Johanna Silver
You'd think that Johanna would bring some serious Rocky Mountain credibility to the Westphoria team by being a Denver native, but forget it – she hates skiing, loathes Fat Tire, and basically has a fear of camping (a bear could eat me). Sorry, Colorado! She regains all cred by being a fully-transitioned Bay Area cliché–knowing how to slaughter a chicken, occasionally biking 40 miles to work, and not batting an eye while blasting the heat during a freezing San Francisco summer.

Recent Posts By Johanna Silver

Alaskan berries you’ve probably never heard of

The berries are ripe in our test garden, and we’ve been shoveling them in our mouths by the fistful. Here’s a shot from the week before last:

Drought hack: paint your lawn green

Lawn painting businesses are booming as a result of California’s current drought. I came across this oddly hypnotizing video about Josh Cox, a Fresno-based lawn painter.

Rare and massive corpse flower about to bloom in Berkeley

Trudy, the corpse flower, smellable from half-a-mile away, is about to bloom at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Garden. Known botanically as Amorphophallus titanum—Titan Arum for short—its name should give you some indication that the flower itself is also, um, large. But it’s the stench of rotting flesh that really makes this plant famous. Isn’t nature magnificent?

The 3 best houseplants—and how to keep them alive

I’ve just emptied one of my favorite containers and finally have the perfect vessel for a plant I’ve been craving. In the spirit of sharing, here’s that plant, and a few of my other top picks. Make it to the bottom and you’ll find my secret for keeping them alive.