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.

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In search of an elusive, yummy California native

October 03, 2012 by Jackson Karlenzig

Early fall is California huckleberry season, and the picking is good -- if you know where to look and can brave the dangers of a huckleberry forest.

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Canal neighborhood gets new community garden

September 17, 2012 by Jackson Karlenzig

San Rafael’s culturally diverse Canal neighborhood is well known for its bustling community centers and family owned businesses. But until now, ...

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MidPen brings cattle back to the land

September 06, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is embarking on it’s first major foray into managing rangelands with the planning of ...

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EcoFair Marin Returns!

August 13, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

author Van Jones Mark your calendars for September 9th! EcoFair Marin is back, and even better this year, with over ...

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High Plains Drifters

August 10, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

My current beach reading has the usual ingredients: a steamy love triangle, a pitched battle between mortal enemies, and colorful ...

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The Grass Really Is Greener

April 24, 2012 by Jacoba Charles

A project in West Marin shows how ranchers, and a whole lot of compost, can help mitigate climate change.

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Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch

February 27, 2012 by Renee Frojo

A group of renegade agricultural activists is challenging the notion that nothing comes for free by grafting fruit-bearing branches onto trees lining city streets.Over the past year, the Guerrilla Grafters – a diverse group of volunteers who started in San Francisco – has been splicing fruit-bearing branches onto ornamental fruit trees around the city in an effort to grow apples, cherries, pears, and other fresh produce that urban residence can enjoy for free.

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Back to the Land at Hidden Villa

February 21, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

Whether you're looking for lessons in seed saving or hikes in nature, you'll find them in the hills above Los Altos at Hidden Villa, which was home to the region's first youth hostel and interracial summer camp.

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Taking Care of Baby Salmon

January 23, 2012 by Aleta George

Proponents of the Yolo Bypass Floodplain Fishery Enhancement Project are starting small but thinking big. During the first year of the pilot project, scientists will test whether raising juvenile chinook salmon on flooded rice fields in the Yolo Bypass will help the fish get stronger and bigger before being flushed down to San Francisco Bay and out to the Pacific.

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Rice in Winter: The Pacific Flyway Treat

January 02, 2012 by John Muir Laws

Artist Jack Laws headed out for some great birdwatching among the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley -- and you can too!

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