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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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Abbondonza is predominantly a veggie and seed producing farm but they do have a fair number of farm animals. The majority of that is taken up by the 230 chickens which compromise over 30 varieties. These are the happiest of chickens roaming free all over the farm in the pastures and around the barns. We…

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We are in a big hoeing cycle right now getting the beds ready so the starters can really take off. Using the Hula Hoe in soft soil like we have can be rather fun. It produces satisfying results and  the movement is very rhythmic, like a dance. But then there are times when the hoe…

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So there I was…at a stop light on Broadway Ave which cuts right through the heart of Boulder. I’ve got my left elbow out the truck window and tapping my right hand on the steering wheel as I listen to some groovy tunes on local radio, KBCO. I look to my left and take a double…

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