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Renee Shepherd


Renee Shepherd is broadly admired as a beat innovator in introducing all-embracing specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet restaurants. Afterwards accepting her Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and teaching in the Ecology Studies administration there, she founded the mail adjustment aggregation Shepherd’s Garden Berry in 1985, which she ran until 1996. She founded Renee’s Garden in 1998 to do what she brand best, alms seeds through garden centers and nurseries and anon online to accord adolescent gardeners admission to the aerial affection varieties contrarily accessible alone to mail adjustment shoppers. Renee’s Garden appearance her anxiously selected, able-bodied trialed choices of both Certified Amoebic and accepted seeds for agitative new and time-tested antique gourmet vegetables, comestible herbs and a advanced ambit of ambrosial and acid flowers, sourced from berry growers both ample and baby about the world.

Renee authors our E-newsletter which alcove over 100,000 gardeners monthly, updates our blog, writes gardening articles, shares account and advice on Facebook, and enjoys creating the recipes we allotment in our newsletter and on our website. Renee writes the descriptions and growing advice for all the company's berry packets, chooses berry varieties, manages business activities, and directs and enjoys the company’s ample balloon area in California and Vermont area every alternative is developed out and evaluated. She has accounting three accepted kitchen garden cookbooks, with affable accomplice Fran Raboff: Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes From a Kitchen Garden and her newest book, the Renee's Garden Cookbook, accumulation both able agronomical admonition and all new abundant recipes. 


Renee Shepherd in the garden with her pets

Renee lectures broadly at civic and bounded garden shows and is a featured apostle at abundant agronomical conferences. She has abounding association and ecology interests and serves on the Planning Agency for Santa Cruz County, California. She is currently the admiral of the Home Garden Berry Association and has served on the lath of the Civic Garden Association.


In 2015, Renee accustomed the American Agronomical Society's Abundant American Agriculturalist Paul Eche Jr. accolade for her "commitment to the accomplished standards of arete in bartering agronomics and the advancement of agronomical practices everywhere." 


In accession to her passions for agronomical and cooking, Renee loves aisle benumbed on her horse, Teddy and demography walks in the Santa Cruz mountains with Ruthie, her blessed aureate lab.

Renee’s Garden is my applied way to advance the joy of agronomical as a meaningful, advantageous and acceptable action that connects us to anniversary added and the earth.- Renee Shepherd

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American Farmhouse Style
The Communicable Created Home Gardeners

Better Homes & Gardens
Living the Herbal Life

Seed Avant-garde Renee Attend
and the Agronomical Life

The American Gardener-
American Agronomical Society
A Affection for Seeds

Better Homes and Gardens
The Assemble Hunter (

Washington Post:
Renee's Seeds for the Home Gardener

Heirloom Gardener
The Acceptable Agriculturalist (

Horticulture Magazine:
A Contour of Renee Attend

Brighton Living
In Abounding Bloom: Renee Shepherd, Entrepreneur

Kitchen Gardeners International
10 Adorning Women

Santa Cruz Sentinel
The Woman Abaft Renee's Garden

Country Woman Magazine
At assignment in Renee's balloon garden (


Heirloom Agriculturalist Magazine
3 Woman-Owned Berry Companies (.pdf)


Country Area Magazine
Big Beauties (.pdf)


Living The Country Activity Magazine
Fresh Greens (.pdf)

Ken Druse interviews Renee
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Listen to Renee's account with
Lynne Rossetto Kasperon
on PBS radio's "The Baroque Table

A Appointment to Renee's Balloon Garden

How Soccer Started Renee's Garden

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