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

58% of California is Experiencing Severe Drought

Yesterday the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that more than 58% of the state is now experiencing “exceptional” drought, the most severe category available. And 81% of the state has one of the two most intense levels of drought.

3 Things You Must Do in Santa Fe, NM

I just had the pleasure of spending a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I report back with a very simple to-do list.

During Drought, Should People Get Fined for Brown Lawns?

This article about a Glendora couple receiving a warning regarding their brown lawn sure caught our eyes. Attempting to be responsible in light of California’s severe drought, they stopped watering their grass and got a notice in the mail that they may be cited for a “potential public nuisance” and might be slapped a fine up to $500. Tell us: Is there a […]

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Planting Ideas: More than just pie

Rhubarb is one of the few edibles that the deer will ignore so I take advantage of being able to grow it in my garden borders where it makes a BIG leafy statement. Stout ruby and green stems support the giant leaves which emerge in early spring and continue to add bold texture until fall.