Monthly Archives: October 2013

Growing California video series – Melon Masters

The next segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Melon Masters.”

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USDA Releases Farm to School Census – California’s profile is encouraging

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, the USDA has released the first ever Farm to School Census – capturing the survey results from more than 13,000 public school districts nationwide. Check out how California and your local school district … Continue reading

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A Source of Inspiration: CDFA Observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As California’s Agriculture Secretary, I get a lot of inspiration from the determination, independence and accomplishments of our farmers and ranchers. I recently found inspiration in another group of people who are no less determined to be successful and independent: … Continue reading

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Cattle theft increasing in California – from the Sacramento Bee

By Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee The effects of cattle theft did not fully dawn on rancher Candace Owen until she got a call in 2010 from a fellow rancher. It was a heads-up alerting her that some of her cows … Continue reading

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Center for Land-Based Learning Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Earlier this week I had the honor and pleasure to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Center for Land-Based Learning, a non-profit organization in Winters started by California State Board of Food and Agriculture President Craig McNamara and his … Continue reading

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Food Day offers a chance to consider preparations for the future

This is Food Day, which is described by organizers as a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. That’s something we can all get behind, and I’d like to talk a little about how it helps position … Continue reading

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Maybe Processed Food Isn’t Such a Bad Thing After All – from the Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/food/dailydish/la-dd-rachel-laudan-processed-food-talk-20131021,0,5051952.story#axzz2iYuatbOj It seems like every time you hear someone mention processed food, it’s accompanied with the words “bad” or “unhealthy,” plus a shaking finger. Unless you’re author Rachel Laudan. Laudan challenges the contemporary food movement and its belief that processed … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley and insects in the kitchen – From the New York Times

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/20/disruptions-silicon-valleys-next-stop-the-kitchen/?_r=0 SAN FRANCISCO — Megan Miller knows that cockroaches are packed with protein and she says they can be made into a surprisingly tasty treat. But if that is a bit too avant-garde to believe, do you think you might … Continue reading

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Urban beekeeping promoted in Los Angeles – from the California Report

http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201310181630/c Deep in a sunny backyard in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake district, a colony of 50,000 Western honeybees is getting oriented to its new surroundings. Yesterday, the swarm was living under the eaves of a house in Whittier, some 20 … Continue reading

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UC Davis official pledges to wear bees for Ag education funds – from Capital Press

http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20131017/ARTICLE/131019914 There’s little that Barbara Allen-Diaz wouldn’t do to raise money for education. The vice president of the University of California-Davis agriculture department has promised to “wear” thousands of honey bees if she can raise $2,500 by Oct. 31 for … Continue reading

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