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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Cover crops and water infiltration – a video from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Lady Gaga joins California water conservation effort

In partnership with the State of California’s drought awareness program Save Our Water, international pop superstar and five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) asking Californians to join the effort and take extraordinary measures to … Continue reading

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Invasive giant African snails seized at LAX – from the Los Angeles Times

By Veronica Rocha Two picnic baskets packed with 67 live giant African snails were seized by federal authorities at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said Monday. The snails, which weighed a total of more than 35 pounds and reportedly were … Continue reading

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UC Davis Drought Study Assesses Current Losses and Potential Future Impacts

A new report from the University of California, Davis, shows that California agriculture is weathering its worst drought in decades due to groundwater reserves, but the nation’s produce basket may come up dry in the future if it continues to … Continue reading

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Fair food gets a TV show! From the Modesto Bee

Food Network, “Carnival Eats” host Noah Cappe poses with the 18 inch monster corn dog and 5 lbs. of fries he learned to make from owner Tom Stroud at the Monster Grill at the Stanislaus County Fair. Photo by Debbie … Continue reading

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Climate Change: Register now for the first California Adaptation Forum

The consensus is overwhelming: our climate is changing. According to NASA’s Global Climate Change website, “97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific … Continue reading

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Governor Brown signs bill allowing wine tasting at farmers’ markets – from the Sacramento Bee

By David Siders Californians can start sipping wine at farmers markets. Immediately. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday he has signed an urgency measure allowing winegrowers who bottle their own wine to conduct instructional tastings at California’s numerous farmers markets. Assembly Bill 2488, by Assemblyman Marc … Continue reading

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From Huffington Post: This Living, Sustainable Mushroom Building Could Be the Future of Green Architecture

By Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post This summer marks the 15th year of The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1’s Young Architects Program, which challenges young architects to design innovative projects that bring new possibilities to our understanding of sustainable … Continue reading

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California Grown ‘Snap a Selfie’ benefits food banks

Link to California Grown ‘Snap a Selfie’ page.

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July is fairs season! Find a fair near you

Alameda County Fair 6/18/2014 to 7/6/2014 Pleasanton, CA Amador County Fair 7-24-14 to 7-27-14 Plymouth, CA California State Fair 7-11-14 to 7-27-14 Sacramento, CA California Mid-State Fair 7-16-14 to 7-27-14 Paso Robles, CA Del Norte County Fair 7-31-14 to 8-3-14 … Continue reading

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