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I was sitting on the back stoop at friend’s BBQ the other night typewritering through an ear of corn. I commented on how much I love corn-on-the-cob. Others nodded in agreement mumbling words of happiness through kernel laced grins. Then it occurred to me…We don’t mind respecting the seasonality of sweet corn anticipating it’s summer…

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It was like Christmas morning when I opened my Roots of  Change list serve today. Just yesterday, I was commenting on the shortcomings of a tax on junk food to subsidize healthy food. Today, I learned about the NEW California Fresh Works Fund which is a public-private partnership that will loan $200 million to increase…

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A friend forwarded me an article from The New York Times this weekend by Mark Bittman entitled, “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables.” Then today, Grist.org’s Tom Laskawy commented on the article in his blog post. Thought I would chime in with my two cents… The title pretty much sums it up…tax junk food…

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Our days may not have been filled with canoeing and basket weaving, but in many ways, the past two weeks of this conference have felt like a trip back to summer camp…living in dorm style, structured schedules, a cloistered campus, mess tent and field trips. And just like summer camp, the best part is all…

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After a long day of presentations, we were rewarded with a stimulating class on coffee cupping – similar to wine tasting but for coffee (click on the image to the left for a video). Can’t say I’m really any better at detecting the “flavor profile,” as they say, but I learned a lot about coffee…

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After a robust morning discussing the four level “Conversion Process” for transforming conventional farms to organic, we took another field trip but this time to Swanton Berry Farm further north on Hwy 1 in the quaint, coastal town of Davenport, CA. Photo: Here we are inside a 1940 barrack structure playing an old-fashioned game called…

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The way I learned about UCSC’s Agroecology seminar was through a list serve I am on with Roots of Change. Today, the entire Roots of Change staff came to present on their efforts across California to transform the state’s food system. Their work goes deep from strategic planning at the state level to their Farmer’s…

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I can remember my Mom using this saying, “knee high by the Fourth of July.” Pertains to how high corn should be if planted at the right time. I guess in some ways I’m knee high with where I am at on my food journey. But I’m still a long way till harvest. One thing…

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This weekend, fellow co-workers, Jared and Ben, took my open air classroom on the road to two, other organic farms. Both are located just a few miles from Abbondonza. Seeing the style, focus and size of other farms gave my whole project perspective. First stop…Oxford Farms. They have a small CSA program, attend a couple…

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I could write a whole blog just by what I saw and learned on my orientation day at the farm. If it is any indication of what’s to come, it is going to exceed all expectations. I arrived to the smell of bacon cooking and I was invited to sit down at the kitchen table…

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