Dad Time — Trathen Heckman

We had the best time out in Petaluma visiting with Trathen Heckman and his lovely daughter, Ella. Trathen is the founder of Daily Acts, publisher of Ripples Journal, and a backyard farmer. He educates and collaborates with communities, business, and municipal leaders to harness the power of nature in order to restore the health of lives and communities.

Blackberries, raspberries, edible flowers that taste like cotton candy, mulberries, and kale are just a few things growing in their incredible backyard garden. They are also raising chickens, so fresh eggs are a daily blessing. There's even an adorable kitten named 'Pudgy' that spends its days romping around the garden. In the front you can find artichokes, herbs, and fruit trees lining the edge of the garden. And Ella cannot resist the loquat tree that's growing just at their neighbor's house on the corner of their street.

After tending to and watering the garden, collecting eggs and making breakfast, Trathen and Ella showed off their scooting and skating skills throughout their neighborhood.