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Amid fires, young volunteers team up to rescue horses from evacuated ranches

On Thursday around midday, Sacramento large-animal veterinarian Emily Putt and Petaluma horse hauler Hilary Hansen drove past the police barricade to a ranch in Calistoga. Putt, 27, and Hansen, 29, had been strangers before the Wine Country fires struck, but since meeting at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Tuesday they have become fast friends by […]

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Wine Country fires destroy 5 farms in Glen Ellen, Santa Rosa

Several small vegetable farms in Sonoma County have fallen victim to the North Bay fires, including several that were founded in the past six years by young farmers taking part in the local organic farm movement. While properties are still partly intact, many farmers have lost homes and essential infrastructure, and they said that getting […]

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Sonoma County farmers and livestock flee from Wine Country fires

The Wine Country fires are hitting the heart of Sonoma County farm and dairy land, and many ranchers and farmers had either evacuated or were preparing to evacuate their properties on Monday. The impact on the local agricultural economy could be devastating. Sonoma County farms house 30,000 dairy cows and 35,000 sheep and goats, according […]

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Ag-tech: The automated farm

In Salinas Valley, the future of farming is already here. In the field, self-propelling harvesters lop off the heads of cabbages, then funnel the 8-pound goliaths to workers who trim and sort them. Inside a nearby Taylor Farms packing plant, a three-armed robot pivots and turns to maneuver bagged salads squarely into packing boxes. [read […]

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Nearly 1 in 4 San Franciscans struggle with hunger

According to the SF-Marin Food Bank, 23 percent of San Francisco residents struggle with hunger. The number is a striking amount, and much higher than the city’s homeless population, which the city said was 6,686 in 2015 (though others estimate it to be much higher), making it less than 1 percent of the population. Food […]

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Special multimedia report: Seafood’s new normal

In the shallow waters off Elk, in Mendocino County, a crew from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife dived recently to survey the area’s urchin and abalone populations. Instead of slipping beneath a canopy of leafy bull kelp, which normally darkens the ocean floor like a forest, they found a barren landscape like something […]

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Major Brands Reverse Course on genetically modified food labels

It’s been a heady time for advocates of genetically modified food labeling like Oakland’s Gary Ruskin. Working out of the Rockridge studio apartment he shares with his daughter, Ruskin is co-director of the consumer group U.S. Right to Know. Back in 2012, he was campaign manager for the California GMO labeling ballot initiative, Proposition 37, […]

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TwoXSea inks new location in Portland, experiments with tilapia

From Inside Scoop: San Francisco seafood purveyor TwoXSea, which supplies sustainable seafood to restaurants and markets around the Bay Area, just settled on the location of its first new location, in NW Portland. Last week owner Kenny Belov signed a lease on a warehouse space near the Pearl District. After a quick build-out, he hopes […]

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Farm-delivered produce boxes are bounty for cooks

Most people sign up for a community supported agriculture box as an easy way to increase the amount of fresh produce they eat and to support local farms. For Mariquita Farm CSA member David Forer, it’s both of those things plus one more: to get the types of specialty vegetables that otherwise go strictly to […]

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