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Benicia’s Downtown Buildable Parcels are Rapidly Disappearing

A flurry of construction activity has seen many, if not most, of Benicia’s remaining vacant lots near the waterfront receiving large new homes.

Benicia Community Gardens takes a wider aim at with its new name, Sustainable Solano

Christina and Scott Strawbridge Tackle Another Fixer Upper

Benicia Home Prices Expected to Increase Modestly in 2017

2015 and 2016 saw rapid increases in Benicia real estate, pushing the average sales price to $622,767 in 2016. With interest rates expected to rise in 2017, Benicia prices should continue to increase at a modest rate.

Interview: Jamie Calderwood, Habitat For Humanity Site Supervisor

After retiring from a 35-year job teaching shop at Benicia Middle School, Jamie Calderwood now spends his days working part time as a site supervisor for Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity, constructing homes.

Interview: Jessica Joy, Owner Of The Edible Yard

An interview with Benicia’s Jessica Joy, who creates edible landscapes: planning creating large and small canopies, then adding in the layers of planting for maximizing a healthy ecosystem. Organic methods are used along with creating drainage swails, using sunlight and ensuring the soil is healthy.

Bees Are Buzzing In Benicia Backyards

Shortly after the ban was lifted and beekeeping became legal in Benicia, many residents have become beekeepers. The reasons are myriad: for honey production, wax for candle making or just helping the planet in the wake of massive bee colony collapse.

Specialty Area Nurseries Help Homeowners Meet Landscape Goals

The San Francisco Bay Area has many specialty garden centers and nurseries offer a wide variety of plants, shrubs, trees and more to help homeowners meet their goals in creating gardens, incuding drought tolerant, butterfly and bee gardens, food forests and more.

Growing An Orchard In Your Own Backyard

Growing your own backyard orchard is easier and more enjoyable than ever in Benicia. Options are plentiful with an ideal growing climate and a wide selection of heirloom and novel varieties available, including interspecific fruits such as apriums and nectaplums.

Multi-agency Partnership Garners Success For Benicia State Parks