As a Korean-American foodie who resides in West Oakland, I’m lucky that there’s a slew of fine eateries not too far from our home all along Telegraph Avenue in Temescal.
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.
In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.
Forget about Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Barnraiser allows consumers who are interested in changing the food system back projects that will.
Metes and Bounds is a new traveling pop-up restaurant that offers diners in Northern California a way to connect with the farmers that grow their food by actually eating a five course dinner with them at their farm. The five course meals are prepared with the day’s harvest and the tables are set up right in between the crop rows.
At large-scale hatcheries, male chicks are killed at birth. Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm, in Dixon, is launching a crowd funding campaign to breed his own heritage poultry so he won’t need to rely on these hatcheries, and “because it’s the right thing to do.” He’s hoping others will follow suit.
A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren’t at all squeamish about “pee-cycling.” A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.
China has been a big and growing market for U.S. corn. But then farmers started planting a kind of genetically engineered corn that’s not yet approved in China, and the Chinese government struck back.
Cacao “supertrees” in the north produce more pods with more seeds than ordinary cacao trees. A USAID project hopes to capitalize on that so Haiti can gain a foothold in the high-end chocolate market.
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is the one of largest operating oyster farms in California, and after month’s of legal battles, it’s being ordered to shut down by the federal government who has refused to renew the farm’s lease on park land. But a group of restaurant owners have filed a last minute lawsuit to keep this important local food source afloat.
CUESA discusses the advantages and disadvantages between heirloom and hybrid tomatoes as well as clarifying the difference between hybrids and GMOs.
Writer Will Potter raised money through Kickstarter to buy drones and other equipment to investigate animal agriculture in the U.S. He says drones will help him circumvent so-called “ag-gag” laws.
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.
What if you want fresh local seafood that hasn’t been frozen and flown thousands of miles to sit in a display case for a week? Enter “community supported fisheries.” Modeled after community supported agriculture (CSAs), CSFs in the Bay Area provide members with a weekly or monthly supply of fish and shellfish from the California Coast.
A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of “biofortified” crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.