Urban Edge HR CA lilac
How We Farm


At the Urban Edge, we are currently digging holes and prepping the ground to plant hedgerows (lines of small trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and grasses) on both the north and east sides of the farm. (That’s so we don’t have to look at our neighbors. Just kidding!)

So far, we have chosen Western redbud, California lilac, flannel bush, and toyon. Lower-height plants will be planted next to the taller shrubs; they include deergrass, yarrow, aster, salvia, and other California native plants.

We plant hedgerows for many reasons:

  • To provide habitat, food, cover, and migratory stops for wildlife
  • To increase sources of pollen, nectar, and nesting habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees, and butterflies
  • To provide habitat for beneficial insects as part of our integrated pest management system
  • To filter airborne dust, smoke, and pollutants
  • To serve as screens and barriers to noise and wind
  • To increase carbon storage in our soils
  • To serve as living fences for privacy and beauty