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Foothill Agrarian
Enjoying the Fog – Another Sign of Drought?!

Nov 18, 2014

Normally, I hate driving in the fog.  I learned to drive in the upper foothills, which meant I had more experience driving in snow than fog - and I learned to prefer the snow!  The joke in our family was always, "At least I can usually see wh...

California Rice Commission
Why this Duck Hunter smiles

Why this Duck Hunter smiles

It’s hunting season in Sacramento Valley rice country. Rice Commission CEO Tim Johnson explains the excitement of this pursuit. Read his blog

California Rice Commission
Lobster Risotto

Lobster Risotto

Rich in flavor and quite a showcase for California Rice, Julie Cader shows how to make this mouthwatering dish. Get the recipe

Foothill Agrarian
Goodbye, Uncle Buck

Nov 16, 2014
Goodbye, Uncle Buck

Today, my family and I said goodbye to our oldest livestock guardian dog, Buck (affectionately known as Uncle Buck).  Buck was a Great Pyrenees cross that we "rescued" from a pet situation - he was too much dog for his former owner.  We got h...

Foothill Agrarian
The Confusing Geography of Western Placer County

Nov 12, 2014
The Confusing Geography of Western Placer County

The red polygon shows where the sheep were, and the yellow polygon shows where they ended up.  The green linerepresents the driving route between the two locations; the orange line represents our walk back!The geography of western Placer County - ...

Foothill Agrarian
Small Farm Evolution in 5 "Easy" Steps

Nov 10, 2014

As you may know, I sometimes write for the Farming in the Foothills blog - here's a link to my latest post:http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=15882

Foothill Agrarian
Politically Homeless

Nov 9, 2014

I've heard that you shouldn't talk about politics or religion in polite company - but here I go....One of my favorite classes in high school was government, taught by Jerry Gritz at Sonora High School.  The highlight of the class, at least for me,...

Foothill Agrarian
Farming and Art

Oct 28, 2014
Farming and Art


Last week, my colleagues and I were discussing the future of our farming and ranching endeavors.  I work at the Placer-Nevada office of UC Cooperative Extension.  Like me, my colleagues are both farmers and “community education specialists” (according to our official UC job titles).  While each of us finds...

Foothill Agrarian
From the Farming in the Foothills blog…

Oct 28, 2014

I write an occasional post for the Farming in the Foothills blog (on the UCCE Foothill Farming website).  Here's my most recent article: Thoughts on Convenience and Middlemen

Foothill Agrarian
Talking Baseball

Oct 27, 2014

Over the last several baseball seasons, I've shared a running discussion about the game with my Dad and with a mutual friend from New Hampshire, Steve Schofield.  We share observations about teams, games and players; recommendations on good baseba...

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