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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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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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