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Growing California video series – What does California Grown mean to you?

With Thanksgiving coming next week, CDFA presents “What does California Grown mean to you?” It’s the latest segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown.

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Veggie Trike brings fresh produce to streets – from the Sacramento Bee

By Sammy Caiola “Fresh fruits and veggies! Fresh fruits and veggies!” Like a jovial street merchant from days of old, a bearded Collin Samaan stood on Liestal Row between 17th and 18th streets Friday in Sacramento, vending healthy foods out … Continue reading

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Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, but is still under $50 for 10 people – from the American Farm Bureau Federation

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of … Continue reading

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Three-hundred tons of nutrition from annual food drive

CDFA knows food. We inspect it, we protect it, and we really enjoy it. So when the State of California came looking for a lead agency to coordinate the annual State Employees Food Drive, they didn’t have to look far. … Continue reading

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USDA and partners complete first-of-its-kind sale of carbon credits from working ranch grasslands

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped initiate a partnership that is improving the environment, creating a market for carbon credits generated on working grasslands. Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, recently purchased almost … Continue reading

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202 drought maps reveal just how thirsty California has become – from the Los Angeles Times

It doesn’t take much to understand why California is so worried about drought. Reservoirs are ever-dwindling. Rainfall is sporadic at best. More than 80% of California is in extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and the state’s condition isn’t expected … Continue reading

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Flies Prefer Yellow – Art show includes work performed by CDFA scientists

  From the Kadist Art Foundation web site:  Resulting from his three-month residency at Kadist Art Foundation, Flies Prefer Yellow is the North American debut exhibition of Singapore-based artist, Robert Zhao Renhui (b. 1983). Featuring installation and photographic works, the exhibition explores … Continue reading

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Veggies on the roof: Urban farming in LA – from the Los Angeles Times

By Nita Lelyveld At the Jonathan Club downtown, not everyone took it well when an infrequently used paddle tennis court on a fifth-floor roof was sacrificed to gem lettuce, swiss chard and microgreens. Executive chef Jason McClain, of course, was thrilled. His … Continue reading

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For Veterans Day – an encore presentation from the Growing California video series

In honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, CDFA presents an encore presentation of “From Service to Harvest,” a story from the Growing California video series of veterans turning to farming after their service is complete.

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Looking ahead – December is Farm to Food Bank Month

California produces one half of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables and is also the largest dairy producing state. Yet in California, the nation’s largest agricultural producer, one in four children and one in six adults regularly go hungry. Join … Continue reading

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