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.
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 made up of farms and rangelands.
Exploring the world of kelp with Rising Tides Sea Vegetables’ Larry Knowles.
Native bee expert Gordon Frankie has been acquainting farmers with California’s own pollinators.
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?
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.
How do you relocate a 1,000-pound bull? Wildlife officials truck California’s “homegrown elk” to new sanctuaries.
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.
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.
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?
What happens when Big Oil meets small town California?