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Farm-to-Table Talk: Tech to Taste

A recent Friday found one of my favorite podcasters – Rodger Wasson of Farm to Table Talk – in Los Angeles. It’s a short drive from there to Ventura County, …

Cover crops deliver bee forage

In a previous guest post for UC Food Observer, I quoted my FarmLab message to third graders: “Crops’ are what we grow for people, and ‘cover crops’ are what we …

If Farm Dogs Ran the World

If farm dogs ran the world, we would never have needed to discover coffee. With an adult life spent largely in agriculture and the military, I am no stranger to …

“Clean floors” give way to cover crops

Clean Floors When I was a kid, you could evaluate a lemon grower with a look at his orchard floor. A “clean floor” was a sure sign of good stewardship. …

California Food News

From re-introducing ancient crops to understanding the ecological benefits of working landscapes in California, these recent food and agriculture stories should not be missed. Ranching Cattle in California It may …

Guest Blog: 5th generation farmer Chris Sayer

Planting cover crop in an orchard isn’t exciting work. Fill the seeder and drive. Refill the seeder and drive more. Sometimes a stick might jam in the seeder’s mechanism and …

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 Book List for Food Lovers

“Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book,” wrote Jane Smiley. I’m inclined to agree with her. Books take us on journeys to new …

Local Foods and Urban-Rural Divide

The recent resurgence in local foods is a trend that we’ve been watching closely at UC Food Observer. Over the last year, we’ve spoken with farmers, food activists, journalists, professors …