Shepherd is widely regarded as a pioneering innovator in introducing
international specialty vegetables and herbs for home gardeners and gourmet
restaurants. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California in
Santa Cruz and teaching in the Environmental Studies department there, she
founded Shepherd's Garden Seed in 1985. Renee left Shepherd's Seeds in
1996. The company has since ceased operations.
In 1997 she founded Renee's Garden, offering seeds
through garden centers and nurseries and online, to offer fellow gardeners access to the high
quality varieties otherwise available only to mail order shoppers. As the web
developed, so did our website,
community garden, and online catalog.
Now Renee regularly writes the
trial garden blog, gardening articles and creates
recipes for our
monthly newsletter. She writes
all the copy on our seed packets, chooses seed varieties from producers large
and small worldwide, manages marketing activities, and directs (and enjoys) the
company's large trial gardens at her home where every selection is grown out and
Renee is also
a prolific media contributor, appearing frequently in gardening and cooking periodicals such as Sunset, Fine
Cooking, Organic Gardening, The Gardener, Fine Gardening, and Country
Living. She has authored two
kitchen garden cookbooks, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More
Recipes From a Kitchen Garden, and is finishing a third cookbook with her
cooking partner Fran Raboff.
Renee is a long time board
member of the
National Gardening Association. She lectures
widely at national and regional garden shows, such as the Seattle, San
Francisco and Philadelphia Flower and Garden Shows, and is a featured speaker
at numerous gardening conferences.
In addition to her passions for gardening and cooking, Renee
loves trail riding her horses Patches and Ruby, and walking in the Santa Cruz
mountains with her dog Mr. Peabody. She has many community and
environmental interests and is currently serves on the Planning Commission
for Santa Cruz Co, California.
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