Hi there! I’m Danielle Arostegui, and I’m the girl behind Girl Gone Gardener.
My story, like many, started with a decision to make a change. After two years of city living in the heart of LA, I decided to quit my job writing for TV, pack up my bags, and move six hours up to the coast to apprentice at a little biodynamic farm growing fresh veggies and herbs in sunny, beautiful Santa Cruz.
On January 2nd, 2015 I moved from a Brentwood apartment to a communal bunkhouse shared with three other apprentices on the farm’s property, and from a 45-minute commute in the morning on the dreaded 101 to a short stroll from my bed to the garden where I’d be spending most of my days. Talk about a new start for a new year!
Moving to the farm was one of the best decisions I ever made, and rather than sating my desire to get outside and dig in the dirt, those five short months only fueled the fire.
Now that my apprenticeship is over, I live in a little apartment in Palo Alto, with no balcony and no yard, but I don’t see that as an impediment to my gardening habit. I just see it as a new challenge.
This blog is the space where I hope to share photos and stories from my gardening addiction, my thoughts on sustainable living, recipes featuring my favorite seasonal produce, and any green thumb wisdom that I accumulate along the way. I’m also a big fan of the outdoors, and I promise to keep you posted on any awesome surf spots, backpacking trails, or roads less traveled that I stumble upon in my travels.
One thing I’ve learned since I moved to the farm is that every day is a new adventure. I’m really looking forward to sharing those adventures with you all here at Girl Gone Gardener.