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.

Pro: Public Lands Need Cattle to Meet Conservation Goals

May 08, 2015 by guest

A livestock advisor who promotes biodiversity on grazing lands explains why cattle can be beneficial to conservation.

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Con: Cattle Grazing Is Incompatible with Conservation

May 07, 2015 by guest

Two experts on grazing offer their opinion on why cattle should be barred from public lands.

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Range of Possibilities

March 31, 2015 by Kelly Cash

If ranchers are such great conservation partners, why has ranching often been viewed as bad for the environment?

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Bayview: The Growing Understanding of Rangelands

March 31, 2015 by David Loeb

Just as demand for locally sourced beef is rising, the ability of local ranchers to produce it is going down. The soaring rents and real estate prices that make it difficult for young writers and families to live in the Mission (or Gilman) District also make it difficult for local ranchers—young and old—to keep ranching in west Marin or southern Santa Clara.

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A Sustainable Ocean Harvest

December 18, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Exploring the world of kelp with Rising Tides Sea Vegetables' Larry Knowles.

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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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