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California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California’s Worsening Drought

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.

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The Lexicon of Sustainability: Terroir – All Food Expresses a Sense of Place

The Lexicon of Sustainability: Terroir – All Food Expresses a Sense of Place

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn about what makes food from different regions taste unique in this new video from filmmaker Douglas Gayeton of the Lexicon of Sustainability project. Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farm is featured in the video and shares her thoughts about “terroir.”

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Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

Plant Breeders Release First ‘Open Source Seeds’

| April 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.

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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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The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Grass Fed” features Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm

The Lexicon of Sustainability: “Grass Fed” features Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

What does it mean to eat grass fed beef? What are the larger implications of producing and eating grass fed beef on animals, the environment and ourselves? In this new video, “Grass Fed” from the Lexicon of Sustainability project, filmmaker Douglas Gayeton explores grass farming, rotational grazing and other concepts with Virginia-based farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm.

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Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

Farmers Need To Get ‘Climate Smart’ To Prep For What’s Ahead

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Climate change will likely hurt food production, raise food prices and increase hunger. But those calamities may not be inevitable, according to a group of international agriculture researchers.

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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 Lexicon of Sustainability explores seed banks, seed swaps and the “seed sovereignty” movement

The Lexicon of Sustainability explores seed banks, seed swaps and the “seed sovereignty” movement

| March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

While agriculture companies control the patents and production of seeds used by farmers, backyard gardeners and local seed banks strive to preserve both the culture and biodiversity of seeds through their own methods. The latest video from The Lexicon of Sustainability’s Douglas Gayeton explores seed banks, seed exchanges and the work of environmental activist, author and physicist Dr. Vandana Shiva, who explains the “seed sovereignty” movement.

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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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Whole Animal Butchery: The Growth, the Problems, and the Future

Whole Animal Butchery: The Growth, the Problems, and the Future

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Whole animal, or whole beast, butchery has become wildly popular in the last five years. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not without its challenges — still. Top local butchers talk about how the industry has changed and if this trend is here to stay.

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Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

Advice for Eating Well on a Tight Budget, From a Mom Who’s Been There

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learning to garden and cook with cheap, healthy produce helped JuJu Harris survive while raising seven kids on public assistance. In a new cookbook, she shares her tips for other struggling moms.

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The 85% True Story of Vivien Straus — as a One-Woman Show, with Cheese

The 85% True Story of Vivien Straus — as a One-Woman Show, with Cheese

| March 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Cheese-tastings and a look inside the Straus family dairy: Vivien Straus, of the Straus Family Creamery, will perform her one-woman autobiographical show in April. Expect cows, jokes, cheese and her playing 15 different characters.

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