“Livermore is the new Berkeley”

I bought a property near Livermore’s redeveloped downtown in June 2009 after living four years in Berkeley. I certainly miss the beautiful Elmwood / Rockridge area and all the ueber-organic folks that live there. Yet Livermore provides opportunity to help move a community towards a more sustainable future. This cute downtown has real potential to become a poster child of sustainable suburban growth. This blog will document my successes (and failures) in trying to implement various ideas of green living.


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    I just selected “Notify me of new posts via email.”

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    Cool work Martin – let’s get together soon and talk about bees.

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    Michelle Hill-Gerow said,

    This is great, and very exciting to see here in Livermore after so many years surrounded by like-minded folks when I lived in the East bay – thanks for sharing your ideas and work!

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    mara isenburg said,

    …and im very proud of what he is doing in his life!

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    Alicia said,

    Martin, Love this concept and that you doing really well! Awesome.

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    Nate said,

    Hi Martin-
    Great meeting you at the café. Thanks for the tour and the jam!

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    Martin, great to meet you at Frog Hollow Farm. My dad lived in downtown Livermore for many years and so I have very happy feelings about it. Congratulations on your great vision and work. I look forward to seeing the downtown farm soon. Do you know Novella Carpenter? If not, you must meet her soon – urban farm in West Oakland with goats, chicken and a beautiful garden. Check out her blog! Kathryn

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      downtownfarm said,

      Kathryn, thanks for taking the time to look over my blog. When you in the area please feel free to stop by. About Novella … I am reading her book right now (I’m half way through). I find my own odyssey in these pages over and over again … (-:

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    Kate Chapman said,

    Martin, Nice to meet you. There is data about where chickens are allowed vs. not in urban areas on GeoCommons. http://finder.geocommons.com/search?query=chickens

    Hope it helps,


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    Sarah R. Tuuri said,

    Martin: My friend Nate met you downtown a few weeks back and recently suggested I look you up, as my interests run along the same lines – organic farming/gardening, chickens, bees….I’m interested in taking a “tour,” and I’m more than willing to lend a hand if you could use a volunteer. 🙂 Sarah

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    daphne said,

    Hi! We’re thinking of buying a house in Livermore with the thought of developing a small urban farm: garden, chickens, etc. We’re currently in Oakland. Would love to communicate with you about properties, areas, etc! Hoping to buy this summer or fall…

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    Katie said,

    hey there!

    i have some facebook and linkedin requests from you and was not sure why, but this is probably the reason as i have a similar interest / am in livermore / etc.

    please e-mail at the address provided in this post – i would love to talk and support in whatever way i can!


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    Rich Buckley said,

    First Contact: Martin (pronounced Marteen) and I immediately started to resonate on the same frequency. I knew what he was going to say, he seemed to know what I was going to say. Peace.

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    Christine said,

    Hi there,

    I’ve been reading some of the things you’ve posted about your urban farm, berkleyizing livermore concept and I’d like to find out more about what you’re doing and also take some photos for a school photo assignment if you’re open to it.

    Hope to hear from you.

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