essays, photographs, artwork, stories, poems, ecological observations, plant profiles, mushroom recipes, histories, graphs and maps, interesting rocks, animal encounters, accounts of bird migrations, planting timelines, remembrances of Arch Rock, rain dances, your tracks in the mud, your fallen leaves, your astronomies, astrologies, mythologies, the tale of your journey into the forest, into the underworld, into the bioluminescent bay on a ghost ship in the night, your lyrics, calendars, missed connections, adorations, and contemplations.
Tell a story, tell a dream, tell a secret. Light, darkness, and everything in between, with a fall/winter theme for the Alamanac’s next issue.
Email submissions by June 1, 2015 to email@example.com.
Mail print submissions to PO Box 712, Inverness, CA 94937.
Ruckus n’ Resiliency! Workshop Series and Street Festival
California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) is offering a series of grants in three educational categories in 2016: K-8, high school, and vocational and higher education. The goal is to support education to meet the rising demand for organic farmers and entrepreneurs. For more information on all three grant funds go here.
Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s educational farm in Forestville, CA, is offering 6 intermediate growers an opportunity to farm on 3 acres of our land, producing for sale to our 100-member CSA, restaurant customers and Culinary Program at the college.
This is a revenue-sharing opportunity for those who are working towards establishing their own independent farming enterprise and want the experience of taking responsibility for a parcel of land. You will have the chance to grow for established markets within a supportive environment with access to mentorship and shared resources like equipment, irrigation infrastructure, etc. You will also be able to establish new sales channels for your products, including farmers market.
Participation in the Enterprise Program requires:
- Minimum of 2 FULL seasons of experience growing mixed vegetables in a commercial environment
- Availability of 20 hours/week (average) to plant, maintain and harvest your parcel
- Willingness to grow according to our 4-year crop rotation and pre-established 2015 crop plan
- Registration in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Ag 98 (Independent Study) and Ag 56 (Ag Enterprise) courses
This program begins in May of 2015 and applications are being reviewed now. To express an interest in the program and request more information, click here
- using garden sheers to trim your bangs
- building a forest fire to barbecue burgers for two
- mincing garlic with a machete
- driving a ton of steel to transport a 150 lbs human body across town
- relying on expensive, petroleum-reliant, highly-commodified tools to support innovative, unconventional, and ecologically-sound small farms
This week in the Food List, the focus is on Appropriate Technology— or, in other words, technology that suits its purposes (in scale, cost, application, etc.). The presented case studies presented prove that when it comes to sustainable, small-scale farming, bigger is not better and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.
Published on March 30, 2015 by The Daily Beast
How Growers Gamed California’s Drought
by Mark Hertsgaard
Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.
“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdings, controversial water dealings, and millions of dollars in campaign contributions to high-powered California politicians including Governor Jerry Brown, former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The record drought now entering its fourth year in California has alarmed the public, left a number of rural communities without drinking water, and triggered calls for mandatory rationing. There’s no relief in sight: The winter rainy season, which was a bust again this year, officially ends on April 15. Nevertheless, some large-scale farmers are enjoying extraordinary profits despite the drought, thanks in part to infusions of what experts call dangerously under-priced water.