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.

Soil-Friendly Practices


Organic matter is the most important part of the soil because it is fodder for the many organisms that keep soil alive and elastic. And because it is consumed by these organisms, soil organic matter needs to be replenished. The … Read more

Resources for Healthy Soil


General Information Sources and Websites Bio-Integral Resource Center (510)524-2567 Extensive information resources for least-toxic pest management. California Integrated Waste Management Board Information and resources for organic materials management and home gardening, including grasscycling, home composting, and worm composting. … Read more

Grazing for Change


When two hikers complained to state park rangers recently about an area severely trampled by grazing cows, they drew on a strong current of suspicion that many people feel toward ranchers. And why not? Past ranching and range-management practices, even … Read more