agriculture

The Sacramento Bee
Quake jolts, doesn’t stop 2014 Napa harvest

Quake jolts, doesn’t stop 2014 Napa harvest

The first pinot noir grapes of the season came in to Trefethen Family Vineyards as usual, glistening purple mounds stacked in white bins.


In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, the broken glass remains of earthquake damaged library wines are shown in a bin at Saintsbury winery in Napa,...

The Sacramento Bee
CSU Sacramento students teach aquaponics to Luther Burbank students

CSU Sacramento students teach aquaponics to Luther Burbank students

Sacramento City Unified School District students are learning how to utilize aquaponics to produce plants, fruit and vegetables in an urban garden at Luther Burbank High School as a component of the Summer of Service program. Cheyene Keniston and ...

The Sacramento Bee
CSU Sacramento students teach aquaponics to Luther Burbank students

CSU Sacramento students teach aquaponics to Luther Burbank students

Sacramento City Unified School District students are learning how to utilize aquaponics to produce plants, fruit and vegetables in an urban garden at Luther Burbank High School as a component of the Summer of Service program. Cheyene Keniston and ...

Foothill Agrarian
Headed to the Fair

Sep 1, 2014
Headed to the Fair

As I write this on Labor Day afternoon, Sami and the girls are preparing to wash their Gold Country Fair lambs and give them one last clip.  Lara is showing a market lamb, her eighth trip to the fair since she was 9 years old.  Emma will be s...

Foothill Agrarian
More Thoughts on Scale and Small Farm Profitability

Aug 28, 2014
More Thoughts on Scale and Small Farm Profitability

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post entitled "Does Small = Sustainable" in response to an article in the New York Times Sunday Review ("Don't Let Your Children Grow Up to Be Farmers").  The author of the original article, Bren Smith, a fa...

The Sacramento Bee
Grape crush kicks off early at UC Davis

Grape crush kicks off early at UC Davis

The annual grape crush at UC Davis’ campus winery kicked off early Thursday, weeks before most winemaking students will return for classes, because this summer’s drought moved up the harvest season.


Paul Green, assistant winemaker at UC Davis, checks the grapes harvested Thursday morning for crushing. He sees challenges such...

Foothill Agrarian
Heading for Reno

Aug 21, 2014
Heading for Reno


After I finish my chores tomorrow morning, I'm headed for Reno for the California Wool Growers Association annual meeting.  I always enjoy the CWGA convention - I like catching up with other sheep producers and getting a brief break from a busy summer schedule.  I also like going to...

The Sacramento Bee
California drought stings bees, honey supplies

California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

Foothill Agrarian
#agdayaugust2014

Aug 19, 2014
#agdayaugust2014

Yesterday, Flying Mule Farm, along with a bunch of our farming and ranching friends, tried a social media experiment.  We wanted to show folks what a day in the life of a farmer or rancher looked like - by posting photos at the top of every hour, ...

The Sacramento Bee
Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico border, though, are reckoning with a different set of challenges: a skimpy agriculture labor market and cumbersome immigrant-worker programs that go unfixed amid partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill.


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