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ca: nominate a local food hero!

Every February, at the annual Farmers Guild-Raising, our community recognizes individuals making a difference by contributing to a stronger local food economy, promoting food justice and empowering a new generation of agrarians. If you know someone deserving of such acknowledgement, use the form below to nominate one or several people from your food and farming community. Nominations due February 12th, awarded the evening of February 20th.

Nominate HERE


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pesticides show up in rainwater in four agricultural watersheds

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Image from Wikipedia.

Read this 2008 study on the University of Nebraska’s Digital Commons. The study publishes research supported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program done in 2003 and 2004, which found statistically significant levels of herbicides and insecticides in rainwater in Maryland, Indiana, Nebraska, and California. We’d like to know how these levels are changing over time as high pesticides continue to be sprayed around the country.


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rockstar of southern california

Evan Marks – Local Legendz

We all have a vague sense that humans have a negative impact on the environment, but many of us push the thought to the backs of our minds and continue on with our days. When Evan Marks made that realization, he decided it was time to do something about it. Once he started getting involved in things like Surfrider Foundation, he learned that agriculture is a leading cause of pollution in the ocean and that’s when he got into sustainable agriculture. In this video, he takes us on a tour of The Ecology Center, his farm and resource “hut” in Orange County. He shows us that amazing things can happen when you “plant a seed of good intention,” and for that, he’s a Local Legend.

After you watch the video, head on over to theecologycenter.org to learn more about what they do and get involved in some of their upcoming events.

 


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neighborhood food act

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Source | Images: SELC, via Shareable.

Last week the state of California took a stand against the tyranny of the suburban lawn by passing the Neighborhood Food Act.

The Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, is just one of several sustainable foods bills signed into law by California Gov. Jerry Brown last week. Designed to remove barriers to growing food for personal consumption, the bill ensures that people have the right to grow food for themselves regardless of their housing status, and includes provisions that would completely overturn local zoning ordinances that prohibit growing food in front yards, back yards, or otherwise vacant lots (assuming they’re owned by the grower) in “residential” areas and other types of zones.

To read more about this and to find some links with more information on the food bills, CLICK HERE

 

Always more to be done.

 


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joyous JOJOBA jubilee

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Jojoba seed

You have probably noticed that there’s a lot of bad news going around these days, and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need to watch a feel-good video on the internet. Which brings me to today’s installment of Californians just do the coolest things! (The link reroutes you to an episode of old TV treasure, California’s Lost Gold.)

Check out that sweet video, and if you’re interested more, stop on by the website of La Ronna Jojoba Co. Larry and Donna Charpied have been growing jojoba as an alternative to whale oil for 30 years, and their story is fabulous: it’s the kind of story you’d expect from organic farmers: the bucking of “conventional” wisdom and an awesome stubborn doggedness to grow in a way that doesn’t drain the precious resources of the local ecosystem.


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grange farm school spring term 2016

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California’s Grange Farm School provides programs designed for “practical people who are ready to make a difference in the real world. Students with a desire to enter a career in agriculture equipped with essential skills, knowledge, and resources. Students who want to be among the million new farmers, ranchers, and small businesses this country needs in order to transform agriculture through creative and profitable enterprises.”

Does that sound like you? Because if it does, you should know that the Greenhorns give this program their highest recommendation.

The Grange School’s 14 week residential, Student Program aims to offer students the “tools and confidence to manage a successful agricultural enterprise, whether in farming, ranching, or related fields.” Participants live and work on a beautiful 5,000 acre ranch with diverse vegetables, grains, fruit trees, and livestock and participate in a comprehensive curriculum in business management, industrial arts, animal husbandry, soil and ecology, and crop production. The program hopes to provide students with a whole-system framework combined with classroom instruction and hands-on knowledge.

 

Contact the school at info@grangefarmschool.org for more information or their website website or blog: www.grangefarmschool.org   and www.grangefarmschool.wordpress.com!

The deadline to apply for the Spring term is February 1st.

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