CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn more at cuesa.org.

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10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

As California faces a historic drought, many farmers are relying on groundwater reserves to carry them through the dry season. Pumping groundwater is currently unregulated in California (that could soon change), and drawing on reserves now could cause shortages in the future. Sustainability-minded farmers are looking ahead and using an arsenal of methods to conserve water. Here are just a few.

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The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

The Great Tomato Debate: About Heirlooms, Hybrids and GMOs

| July 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

CUESA discusses the advantages and disadvantages between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes as well as clarifying the difference between hybrids and GMOs.

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Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

Farm Tripping: Local NorCal Agritourism Opportunities

| July 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

With harvests and travel season both at their peaks, summer is prime time for agritourism. CUESA shares a list of family-fun local farm trip opportunities.

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The Sweet Lowdown: Honey 101

The Sweet Lowdown: Honey 101

| June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Honeybees play a critical role in our food system, pollinating a third of the crops we eat, including tree nuts, stone fruit, and many other fruits and vegetables. By harvesting their honey, we also get to enjoy the sweet products of their nectar-gathering labor. CUESA has collected some delicious tidbits to help you sweet talk like a honey connoisseur.

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Harvesting the Rainbow

Harvesting the Rainbow

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn how to use plants and vegetables to make sustainable dyes.

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10 Farmers and Food Crafters to Follow

10 Farmers and Food Crafters to Follow

| May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Can’t get enough food photography — especially from behind-the-scenes? Follow these farmers and food crafters on Instagram to get inspired.

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A Dry Year for Honey

A Dry Year for Honey

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

When you think about the necessity of water in agriculture, fruit trees, row crops, and cattle probably come to mind, but you might not think about bees. As if honeybees and beekeepers didn’t have it hard enough these days, they face another challenge: drought.

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Devil’s Gulch Ranch Brings Locally-Raised Meats Including Rabbit to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Devil’s Gulch Ranch Brings Locally-Raised Meats Including Rabbit to the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

| March 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mark Pasternak and his wife, Myriam Kaplan-Pasternak, farm 115 acres in Nicasio, Novato, and Petaluma, raising pigs, sheep, and rabbits, as well as wine grapes and asparagus.

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CUESA’s Guide to Spring Greens

CUESA’s Guide to Spring Greens

| March 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spring is here, which means an explosion of all things green at the market. Although many greens can be found throughout the year, they are most abundant, lush, and tender in the spring, with over 40 types available, from spinach, arugula, and kale to nettles, cress, and pea shoots.

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The True Cost of Asparagus

The True Cost of Asparagus

| March 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Local California asparagus farmers are concerned about competition from Mexican markets which can supply the vegetable year round and sell it at cheaper costs. Roscoe Zuckerman of Zuckerman Farms and Thaddeus Barsotti of Capay Organic discuss the situation.

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Saving the Local Slaughterhouse

Saving the Local Slaughterhouse

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The closure of the Rancho Feed Co. slaughterhouse has left a gaping hole in the Northern California food system. But, Marin Sun Farms’ David Evans has purchased the facility and hopes to step up for local ranchers.

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Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

Swanton Berry Farm: Bringing Justice to the Table

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Swanton Berry Farm became one of four farms in the country to receive the Food Justice Certification label. Learn more about what that certification means and why it’s been years in the works.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions

Drought Forces Tough Decisions

| February 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the lack of water across California, farmers are having to sell off cows and balance competing needs.

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What Does “Artisanal” Mean, Anyway?

What Does “Artisanal” Mean, Anyway?

| January 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

On January 20, CUESA, Kitchen Table Talks, and the Good Food Awards co-hosted a panel discussion with three successful artisan business owners, posing the tough question, “How big is too big in artisanal food?” Read the main principles discussed and listen to the talk.

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