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Happy Birthday, Luther Burbank!

March 7th marks the 167th anniversary of the birth of famed American botanist and horticulturalist Luther Burbank (March 7th, 1849 – April 11th, 1926). Burbank’s birthday coincides with California’s Arbor Week. This …

ICYMI, we spoke with farmers

It’s our first anniversary. We’re offering gratitude to farmers. The UC Food Observer is marking its first anniversary. Some quick stats: we published more than 650 blog posts our first year, earned an amazing (and …

Celebrate International Year of Pulses

Pulses have been eaten since at least 7000 to 8000 B.C. according to the United Nations, but the year 2016 might be the one that pushes these healthy foods to …

#FarmAid30: Some quick thoughts

Late last week I traveled to Chicago to take part in a number of activities surrounding the 30th anniversary of Farm Aid. These are quick thoughts, put together on a …

Thoughts on #HealthierNextGen

On Tuesday, September 8th, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was invited to discuss the nation’s child nutrition strategy at the National Press Club. The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics …

Q&A: Sarah Nolan, farmer and theologian

“I’ve learned that small-scale sustainable agriculture is only as sustainable as the community you build around it. Social capital is essential.” – Sarah Nolan   About Sarah Nolan: Nolan is …