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Hedgerow Farms

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Hedgerow Farms is Northern California’s largest native grassland seed production farm. Located north of Winters on the west side of Sacramento Valley, we produce origin-known California native grass, wildflower, sedge and rush seed on over 500 acres. Our species list includes more than 70 different species, many with multiple ecotypes offered. We provide consulting services for restoration, revegetation and landscaping projects, as well as plug transplants, native grass straw, custom seed cleaning, equipment rentals, contract plug transplant grow-outs and contract seed increases. We regularly host tours of our farm to explore the on-site examples of roadside, canal and ditch revegetation; grassland restoration; and hedgerow plantings.

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Grassland Heritage

April 01, 2004 by David Amme

When Spanish explorers first saw the San Francisco Bay in 1769, they found a land cloaked largely in perennial grasses. But the extirpation of the native elk herds that grazed the land, the introduction of cattle, and the incursion of European annual grasses abruptly and dramatically transformed the landscape into the familiar green hillside carpets that turn into brown thickets in summer. Today's grasslands, altered as they are, still produce some beautiful wildflowers, lots of wildlife, and if we look closely, remnants of the native bunchgrasses of yore, which can be enhanced with careful management. The parks of the East Bay hills are a good place to start looking for that mix of the grasslands of yesterday and today.

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