Farming, Ranching, Foraging

The San Francisco Bay Area may be one of the densest metropolitan areas of the country, but roughly 40 percent of the region’s total land area is comprised of farms and rangelands. As such, the Bay Area has been at the forefront of the local food movement where the concern about growing food in balance with nature has a head seat at the table.

Latest from Farming, Ranching, Foraging

Spreading the Buzz About Native Bees

June 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Native bee expert Gordon Frankie has been acquainting farmers with California's own pollinators.

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Beavers Used to Be Almost Everywhere in California

June 19, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Beavers used to live across most of California before they were trapped out of existence. But could they be a solution to drought and climate change?

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San Francisco Group Launches Pop-Up Gardens

June 06, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

There are pop-up kitchens, pop-up retail stores ... so why not pop-up gardens? One San Francisco group is taking over vacant lots until they are developed.

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Tule Elk Relocated As Numbers Rebound

May 07, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

How do you relocate a 1,000-pound bull? Wildlife officials truck California's "homegrown elk" to new sanctuaries.

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Interior Secretary: Contra Costa Habitat Plan A National Model

May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took in the view from the summit of Kreiger Peak to highlight the plan that helped preserve the east Contra Costa peak.

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Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom

December 23, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.

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Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation

December 05, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

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Behind the Fracking Boom: Unearthing the Secrets of the Monterey Shale

October 14, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

But the pressure to exploit these resources isn’t going away anytime soon either, nor is the debate over the wisdom of doing so. As we weigh the pros and cons, a missing piece of the conversation is the land itself: What is the Monterey Formation? What is it made of and how did it get here? And what kind of habitats, plants, and animals live atop it?

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Above the Monterey Shale, farmers worry fracking will destroy the land

August 05, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What happens when Big Oil meets small town California?

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New wildlife corridor created at foot of Mount Diablo

July 24, 2013 by Jaquelyn Davis

Roddy Ranch has been spared from development and is on it's way to becoming a new park.

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