Meet Jayde @grownbyjayde from Bay Area in California, United States 🇺🇸 “My mom is always concerned about our health and prefers to buy organic and GMO-free food. These of course, are more expensive than other types of produce. As a child, I was always fascinated with growing things, even if my attempts didn’t always turn out so well. Once we moved back to America, I set out to use our backyard space so that my family could take one less trip to the grocery every week and save some money.
I grow food because it’s so rewarding! The first time I harvested heads of broccoli, I was so proud of myself. There’s always a ton of obstacles along the way; aphids, squirrels, slugs, but enjoying a nice homegrown meal you created all by yourself makes it worth it.
I’ve definitely felt pretty miserable after squirrels have eaten away all my cabbage, or slugs have chomped down all my seedlings. However, the garden always goes on, and I start again. I soak some dried pepper and mint in hot water and then apply liberally on the vegetables. It keeps all the squirrels away.
One of the biggest rewards from gardening is how it allows me to connect with my family. From buildling greenhouses with my dad to baking with my mom, everything I do in my garden helps me to share experiences with the people around me.
I’m president of the Los Altos High School Bee Club. This year, we’re starting the first seed library @lahsbeeclub in Los Altos. We hope to encourage today’s youth to be more interested in growing their own spaces for pollinators. We’re currently still accepting seed donations.
I’m young- a high schooler. If I can do it, anyone can. I hope to inspire others in the community to pick up some dirt and seeds and to just try growing things! No one has a black thumb.”