East Bay garden lays groundwork for learning, sharing produce for needy

(Photo: Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

LIVERMORE — Brenda Kusler may not look like the typical farmer — there are no dust-covered working boots, plaid shirts or wide-brimmed hats in sight.

Instead, her long hair is loose down her back. She wears jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, her feet and hands covered in a healthy dusting of soil — the same soil that she walks through nearly every day, a smile on her face as she teaches her volunteers the basics about planting, growing and harvesting produce.

“You guys rock!” she exclaimed to a group of volunteers as she made her rounds one morning as they were pulling up kale and chard.

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