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Guest Blogger: Chasing the Arctic Bee

Editor’s Note: The hunt for an elusive bumblebee in the high Arctic is the subject of this guest post written by Sean Nealon, Senior Public Information Officer, University of California, …

The Art of Plants

It was a hot September morning and I was wandering the exhibition halls of the Heirloom Seed Expo in Santa Rosa, California, when some striking botanical illustrations caught my eye. …

Three Voices on Today’s Agriculture

At UC Food Observer, we salute those who are working to make agriculture more sustainable. These three stories paint a picture of today’s challenges and present interesting solutions inspired by …

Ventura County Farm Day 2016

With only about 2 to 3 percent of U.S. citizens in farming, it’s understandable that many people have a limited understanding of agriculture. That’s true even in places like California’s …

A Chat with UC Farm Advisor Ben Faber

If you ask Ben Faber about a typical day as UC Farm Advisor working on Subtropical Crops, Soils and Water issues, he’ll tell you they simply don’t exist. “Nothing is …

October is National Seafood Month

October is National Seafood Month, which is a great time to focus on sustainable seafood. By making smart seafood choices all year, we can ensure future generations will be able …

A Trip to America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital

For centuries, the Sacramento Delta region has been an important agriculture center, thanks to its year-round, Mediterranean growing climate. So, it’s not really surprising that Mayor Kevin Johnson declared in …

The Girl Who Wants to End Hunger

This story starts with a single cabbage.  But it wasn’t just any cabbage, however. It was a 40-pound cabbage, grown by a 9 year old girl named Katie Stagliano. This …

The Garden as Food Classroom

“Gardening is something empowering that kids can do themselves, which shows them that they can make a difference. It gives them an opportunity to create something positive and dynamic.” Ping …

Lisa Kivirist: Farmer, Author, Activist

“Amplifying the voices of women farmers adds up to a win-win for all of us.  As this new crop of female farmers prioritizes organic and healthy growing practices along with …