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StartOrganic is expanding corporate organic vegetable gardening programs in the Bay Area

StartOrganic is a vegetable gardening service based in San Jose. Their first major corporate project was at PayPal’s San Jose headquarters, offering weekly gardening lessons for employees and a vegetable farm right on the PayPal campus. I love the concept and hope more companies will offer similar programs. How cool would it be to start seeing organic vegetable gardens on the roofs of corporate buildings in San Jose? Check out their full press release and video below (read more…)


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ISSUE 12  |  21st Century Gardens

Garden Visit: Paypal in Silicon Valley

March 21, 2016 2:00 AM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Even in Silicon Valley, software engineers do not live by code alone. PayPal’s headquarters in San Jose is home to an organic vegetable garden with 30 raised beds so employees can grow their own food. (And there’s a waiting list to get a plot.)

Built in 2013 by South Bay-based StartOrganic, the garden started as a small-scale project on a shoestring budget. Three years later, “the garden flourishes every season because we basically make it hard for people to fail out there,” says StartOrganic co-founder Troy Smothermon, who runs monthly hands-on workshops to offer Paypal’s lunch-hour gardeners tips on how to keep their crops alive: (read more…)



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StartOrganic Announces Expansion of Corporate Organic Vegetable Gardening Programs in Bay Area

San Jose, Ca – March 3, 2016

Since 2012 StartOrganic Vegetable Gardening Service has been cultivating the Corporate Organic Vegetable Gardening Program at PayPal’s headquarters that currently features 30 raised vegetable beds. Following the program’s tremendous success, StartOrganic now is seeking additional companies, restaurants and organizations to partner with in 2016 to create new custom corporate gardens. (read more…)



StartOrganic Corporate Gardening Program at eBay/PayPal HQ – July 9, 2015


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StartOrganic Shows San Jose Home Owners Healthier Lifestyles

According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s recent study called “Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas,” San Jose was ranked the sixth healthiest city in America. With a score of 69.4 out of a 100 point scale, San Jose jumped up four spots from tenth place in just one year.

So what is helping this healthy community get even healthier? One part of the answer to this question can be found in the adoption of healthy food services and education such as those provided by StartOrganic (read more…)


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StartOrganic shows residents a healthier choice with at-home gardens

Alyson Harrold’s front yard is filled with green, but it’s not a picture-perfect lawn that catches the eyes of neighbors and passersby.

Rather, it’s the half-dozen or so raised garden beds filled with vegetables and herbs that give her access to fresh produce right outside her door. And for Harrold, the aesthetics of a traditional plush green lawn are greatly outweighed by (read more…)

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StartOrganic Vegetable Garden Service Now Offers Organic Gardening Classes in the Homes of Families in the Silicon …

March 11, 2014

Parents and families in the South Bay Area who want to start organic gardening, beyond just growing tomatoes, will enjoy StartOrganic’s new monthly classes provided at a client’s home and taught by a professional gardener. The Vegetable Garden Service offers residential garden consultations, garden design and installation, and now a new @Home Garden Education Service that teaches families (read more…)


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StartOrganic Announces Northern California Growth Plans

San Jose, CA – July 9, 2012 – Building healthy communities just got a little bit easier in the Bay Area with the successful launch of startup, StartOrganic.  A fresh-faced, service-based organization, StartOrganic provides turnkey residential gardening services in which they build, maintain and harvest organic gardens for residents across the Silicon Valley (read more…)