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I want to hand a blue ribbon to all the programs and initiatives I’ve been learning about this past week but my  favorite so far is where we visited today, ALBA! The ALBA growing and education center is in the fertile valley of Salinas, CA. Bottom line, we need more of these centers all over…

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We visited the Downown Farmer’s Market this afternoon in Santa Cruz and were greeted by some of summer”s best…peaches, strawberries, figs, plums, beets, garlic and herbs. One of the farms was called Dirty Girl Produce. I liked the name so much, I took a picture just because. It’s day three and I feel like I’m…

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Today was the first day of my Agroecology course at UCSC’s Sustainable Living Center where every meal begins with a story. It’s right up my alley because I love to know the story of my food. The passionate kitchen staff calls us all to circle and then each one takes a turn describing the meal…

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Today I arrived at the campus of UCSC (University of California – Santa Cruz) and the home of the Community Agroecology Network at the Sustainable Living Center. For the next two weeks, I will be engaged in a course focused on this very topic, Agroecology. It’s a new word for many but in simplest terms…

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As we are enlightened to the things wrong in our food system, it is easy to get discouraged. Each time we learn something new – the life of battery caged hens, excess nitrogen fertilizer in the soil – we realize how many others need to learn the same thing. You start feeling like no one…

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Arrived back into Truckee jonesin’ for a Burger Me burger. They source their meat from local ranches where the cows roam free on grassy pastures. And they proudly display the relationships they have with their food producers on the chalkboard. It’s food you can feel good about. Restaurants and markets should be proud to tell…

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Left Colorado this morning after repairing a flat tire on the Tacoma (Quick side not…learned how to change a flat tire on a car. Finally! Only took 25 years. Thanks Zobbe for the lesson). I’m once again at my sweet little cafe in Baker, NV along Hwy 50 at the base of Great Basin National…

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160 hours and four weeks later and I have graduated from the School of Abbonondonza. Yesterday marked my last day. I can’t believe how hard and fast I fell for this place. I slipped into a special time on this farm and could easily see myself never leaving. My departure is bittersweet, however, because I’m…

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Farm to Table is such a lovely concept and conjures up all kinds of white picket fence and red barn images. Along the way to the table, however, the food has to stop at some sort of market to get there and that’s where things get complicated. Organic food is out there – and more…

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The Farm Bill which governs subsides and appropriations to farmers and food programs is about to expire this fall. Big Ag is lobbying fiercely in their own best interest while sustainable ag struggles to get the funding necessary to fight this important battle for our food. My sister sent me this great link from the…

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