Home Community Guardian Project honors veterans in SB County with living … – The Inland Empire Community


The Inland Empire Community

Home Community Guardian Project honors veterans in SB County with living
The Inland Empire Community
Dr. Mary Petit founded IECG in 2009 as a grassroots agroforestry 501(c) 3 volunteer-run non-profit organization serving San Bernardino County. The first Veterans Living Memorial Tree Garden was installed at the Veterans Success Center at Cal State San …

New generation of young farmers increasingly college educated, but indebted – Sacramento Bee


Sacramento Bee

New generation of young farmers increasingly college educated, but indebted
Sacramento Bee
Since graduating from North Carolina State University two years ago with a double major in psychology and agroecology, the 25-year-old has worked as a cattle herder for a small startup company called Holistic Ag. She grazes holistically managed, grass

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand’s special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation – Web India

West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand's special needs stressed for Ganga rejuvenation
Web India
The ten models mooted for Bihar include soil/wildlife conservation; identification of local species for plantations including bamboo, grasses and medicinal plants; agroforestry; plantation of high quality horticulture species; nursery like Kisan

Stream macroinvertebrate communities change with grassland afforestation in central Argentina

Publication date: Available online 23 May 2015
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): J.A. Márquez , L. Cibils , R.E. Principe , R.J. Albariño
Lotic ecosystems are highly affected by land use changes such as afforestation of natural areas for management or commercial purposes. The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of pine plantations on benthic invertebrate communities in mountain grassland streams. Additionally, we assessed if the hydrological period modifies the effect of afforestation on stream invertebrates. Three headwater streams draining grasslands (reference streams) and three draining plantations of Pinus elliottii were selected in a mountain watershed of Córdoba province (Argentina). Hydrologic and physicochemical variables were registered and benthic invertebrate samples were collected in each stream at two different hydrological periods. Total invertebrate abundance, richness and diversity were reduced in afforested streams as well as the number of indicator taxa. In addition, invertebrate functional structure (i.e. taxonomic richness and total and relative abundance of Functional Feeding Groups, FFG) showed differences between streams with different riparian vegetation and between hydrological periods. Total abundance of all FFGs was lower in afforested streams and scraperś relative abundance was higher in grassland streams at the low water period. In addition, in most FFGs richness was diminished in afforested streams. Changes in light intensity, hydrology and coarse organic matter inputs produced by afforestation alter fluvial habitats and consequently the composition and trophic structure of invertebrate communities in grassland streams of Córdoba mountains.

Turfgrass Institute’s move to U of G’s Arboretum still ‘years out’ – Guelph Mercury

Turfgrass Institute's move to U of G's Arboretum still 'years out'
Guelph Mercury
"There would likely be some turf sites developed up at Elora, at the Elora research station, and the agroforestry work would probably likely also move up there," Van Acker said. He added that two sports fields currently used for research at the

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Guelph’s Turfgrass Institute’s move to U of G’s arboretum still ‘years out’ – Guelph Mercury

Guelph's Turfgrass Institute's move to U of G's arboretum still 'years out'
Guelph Mercury
"There would likely be some turf sites developed up at Elora, at the Elora research station, and the agroforestry work would probably likely also move up there," Van Acker said. He added that two sports fields currently used for research at the

On the road to self-sufficiency: Conference teaches audience about sustainable … – The Union of Grass Valley


The Union of Grass Valley

On the road to self-sufficiency: Conference teaches audience about sustainable
The Union of Grass Valley
Speaker Mark Shepard spoke on large-scale permaculture farming. Expand Photo Nevada County's Sustainable Food and Farm Conference 2015, keynotes of Sustainable farming and expo Saturday John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union. Nevada …

Coffee co-operatives championing grassroots sustainability in Nicaragua – The Guardian

Coffee co-operatives championing grassroots sustainability in Nicaragua
The Guardian
Agro-ecology: Farmers at the Danilo González co-operative are experimenting with a novel bio-fertilizer based on decomposed leaves mixed with molasses sugar, ground rice, grass and water. The mixture is left for a month to ferment before cow manure and …

Student Stories: Turfgrass science major interns with Philadelphia Eagles

Many people dream of setting foot on the same field as the Philadelphia Eagles, but only for a few is the lure of greatness marked by painted numbers, lines, borders, hash marks and logos. Senior Eddie Harbaugh is a turfgrass science major with such ambitions — one who realized his goals as a grounds crew intern at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up – Independent European Daily Express

Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up
Independent European Daily Express
"I plan to mobilise at least 10,000 households in climate action that involves waste diversion, composting and diversified ecological farming,†said Weekes, who heads the Aquaponics, Aquaculture and Agro-Ecology Society of Antigua and Barbuda.

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Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up – Inter Press Service


Inter Press Service

Responding to Climate Change from the Grassroots Up
Inter Press Service
“I plan to mobilise at least 10,000 households in climate action that involves waste diversion, composting and diversified ecological farming,” said Weekes, who heads the Aquaponics, Aquaculture and Agro-Ecology Society of Antigua and Barbuda. She said …

Spotlight on McDonald’s pesticide problem

Eight months and counting after the Toxic Taters Coalition kicked off its campaign, McDonald’s is still dodging the issue of pesticide drift. The corporation has made plenty of public promises to cut pesticide use on its potatoes, but so far the fast food giant has been short on follow-through.

So last week, Toxic Taters took the message straight to McDonald’s in a coordinated day of action to keep the issue front and center. PAN collaborated closely with the grassroots Toxic Taters Coalition and many other organizations across the country — and we’re happy to say that the day of action was a big success. There were 16 in-person events around Minnesota, with solidarity call-in actions fanning out across the country in support of communities impacted by pesticide drift.

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Couple teaches the hows and whys of permaculture – Kankakee Daily Journal


Kankakee Daily Journal

Couple teaches the hows and whys of permaculture
Kankakee Daily Journal
As part of a 2012 Permaculture Design Certificate course, Midwest Permaculture raised chickens for food and to also help with insect, grass and weed control in their 2-acre organic community orchard. Young Americans embrace organic. A little less than

UMass Permaculture Initiative to add three new programs – The Massachusetts Daily Collegian


The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

UMass Permaculture Initiative to add three new programs
The Massachusetts Daily Collegian
UMass Permaculture, a student-staff run collaborative, began in 2010 with the conversion of a patch of grass in front of Franklin Dining Commons with half-a-million pounds of compost material to an edible and educational growing space. Since its

From Williamsport to K.C.: World Series are nothing new for turfgrass student

When TV coverage of the World Series begins tonight (Oct. 21), the first thing most viewers will notice is the immense crown cut into the centerfield grass of the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium. What they won’t see is that there was a little bit of Penn State skill used in crafting that image, thanks to a member of the Royals grounds crew.

Does grazing change algal communities from grassland and pine afforested streams?: A laboratory approach

Publication date: Available online 27 August 2014
Source:Limnologica – Ecology and Management of Inland Waters
Author(s): Luciana Cibils Martina , Javier Márquez , Romina Principe , Noemí Gari , Ricardo Albariño
Drastic changes in the composition and physiognomy of riparian vegetation, such as the conversion of grassland to forest, are expected to alter interactions among light availability, primary producers and herbivores. Our aim was to examine in laboratory the influence of a ubiquitous grazer on periphyton grown in a grassland unshaded stream (reference) vs. periphyton from a nearby pine afforested stream. Besides, we evaluated how the community responds to the removal of grazing. Given that grassland streams are exposed to higher light intensity and grazers are more abundant compared to afforested streams, we proposed that if biofilm grown in the afforested stream are dominated by grazing-vulnerable algal species, grazing pressure by Helicopsyche sp. should be stronger. In addition, if biofilm from the afforested stream has low quality or is less abundant as food for consumers, the effects of Helicopsyche sp. may be stronger or weaker depending on their feeding decisions. Helicopsyche sp. caused a decrease in richness and diversity in periphyton grown in the grassland stream and its net grazing effect on chlorophyll a (Chl a ) was higher. Algal community composition from grassland stream was strongly changed after grazing, with a decrease in the proportion of overstory algae. In contrast, algal community structure of periphyton from the afforested stream was neither affected by grazing nor by grazing exclusion. Helicopsyche sp. produced significant changes in a short time in structural attributes of algal communities, mainly in periphyton from the grassland stream suggesting that herbivory, as a functional factor, is diminished following afforestation.

How to Make The Most of Your Yard (Including Weeds!), Permaculture Style – One Green Planet

How to Make The Most of Your Yard (Including Weeds!), Permaculture Style
One Green Planet
I know that all of this stuff will make my garden a richer, more fertile space, and it is completely free. Instead of agonizing over the work I'm doing to keep the grass trimmed, through permaculture techniques, I've learned how to make my yard work

Researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools to measure, manage … – Phys.Org

Researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools to measure, manage
Phys.Org
The site will allow users to select their land use (including cropland, grassland, livestock and agroforestry), enter information about their management practices, and then generate a report on their current baseline emissions and how emissions could

New Report Provides New Method For Quantifying GHGs – reportingclimatescience.com

New Report Provides New Method For Quantifying GHGs
reportingclimatescience.com
The site will allow users to select their land use (including cropland, grassland, livestock and agroforestry), enter information about their management practices, and then generate a report on their current baseline emissions and how emissions could

Sierra Permaculture Design promotes local energy sustainability – The Union of Grass Valley

Sierra Permaculture Design promotes local energy sustainability
The Union of Grass Valley
Expand Photo Sierra Permaculture Design owner Paul Racko offers hired consultant sessions to help local landowners maximize natural John Hart/jhart@theunion.com | The Union. Sierra Permaculture Design owner Paul Racko offers hired consultant …

CSU Researchers Contribute to New USDA Report and Tools to Measure … – Newswise (press release)

CSU Researchers Contribute to New USDA Report and Tools to Measure
Newswise (press release)
The site will allow users to select their land use (including cropland, grassland, livestock and agroforestry), enter information about their management practices, and then generate a report on their current baseline emissions and how emissions could

Colorado State University researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools … – Colorado State University News (press release)

Colorado State University researchers contribute to new USDA report and tools
Colorado State University News (press release)
The site will allow users to select their land use (including cropland, grassland, livestock and agroforestry), enter information about their management practices, and then generate a report on their current baseline emissions and how emissions could

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XV International Agroecology Shortcourse | End of Week One


Week One Wrap-Up

Throughout Central America there is a strong grassroots program called “Campesino a Campesino” where knowledge, based on farmer understanding, is shared. CAN has collaborated with Campesino a Campesino in several of our projects. We share similar philosophies of how to apply agroecology to achieve local food sovereignty.

We were visited by a team from Campesino a Campesino Nicaragua who shared their work with us. One of the leaders, Doña Carmen shared the work in her community of growing and saving local native corn seed. This is especially important today as a way to keep the high biodiversity of corn vibrant in communities throughout the Americas at a time when companies like Monsanto are attempting to get farmers such as these to use genetically modified corn which will lead to the loss of these local varieties. Hopefully these grassroot efforts to save the native varieties will flourish. It is organizations like Campesino a Campesino that will make this happen.

Robin, a student at UIMQROO and part of CAN’s International Youth Leadership Network, spoke to the course about his work with the women in the small Mayan town of Tabasco where they are developing alternative markets for locally grown food.

By the end of the week, course participants were divided into four groups. Each group will spend two days next week in a farming community talking with farm families and learning about the different efforts to develop sustainable practices that produce enough food to feed their families year round. Representatives from these four communities shared background information with course participants. CAN collaborates with farmers in two of these communities: (1) La Pita in San Ramón where AgroEco® Coffee comes from and (2) Cantagallo, a coffee growing cooperative that is part of CAN’s Las Segovias project. With this project, we are working together to develop ways to store grains and diversify farm production.

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In water we trust: How Quito’s water trust funds succeed – GreenBiz.com (blog)


GreenBiz.com (blog)

In water we trust: How Quito's water trust funds succeed
GreenBiz.com (blog)
Below the snow-capped mountains of Ecuador and Colombia lie the páramos, high-altitude grasslands of the northern Andes threaded by frigid rivers and covered in rugged brush, cloud forests and lagoons. This landscape captures and stores a vast amount …

Goats key to stopping invasive plants at Hawk Mountain – WFMZ Allentown

Goats key to stopping invasive plants at Hawk Mountain
WFMZ Allentown
… to try and destroy Japanese stiltgrass. "The stiltgrass prevents the growth of trees that we would like to see come up and native plants that we would like to have," said Tracey Coulter, agroforestry coordinator with the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of

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Putting Grasslands to Work – Savory Institute Conference – Permaculture Magazine


Permaculture Magazine

Putting Grasslands to Work – Savory Institute Conference
Permaculture Magazine
Dynamic experts in the fields of soil science, climate change, permaculture, range science, local food movement, human health, conservation biology and alternative finance will present their views. These world renowned experts include Patrick Holden of

FAO, Partners Develop Methodology for Herders and Grazers to Access Carbon … – IISD Reporting Services


FoodNavigator-Asia.com

FAO, Partners Develop Methodology for Herders and Grazers to Access Carbon
IISD Reporting Services
FAO developed the tool in partnership with the Chinese Academy of Agriculture Science (CAAS), the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and China's Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology (NWIPB). [FAO Press Release] [UN Press Release] [IISD RS Sources].
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Initiative aims to change definition of successful farmer – Eau Claire Country Today

Initiative aims to change definition of successful farmer
Eau Claire Country Today
Paine said GLBW is focusing on five core areas — agroforestry, cover crops, perennial biomass such as switchgrass, perennial forages and perennial grains — with an eye on cultivating new markets so farmers reap a financial reward and an environmental …

Women Ecowarriors: Ecology Grassroots Activists against GMO, Deforestation … – Center for Research on Globalization

Women Ecowarriors: Ecology Grassroots Activists against GMO, Deforestation
Center for Research on Globalization
As these issues move centrestage in every society, it is women who bring the alternatives through biodiversity and agroecology that offer real solutions to the food and nutrition crisis. As I have learnt over 30 years of building the Navdanya movement, …

Permaculture Course California to Be Offered in November 2014 in the … – PR Web (press release)

Permaculture Course California to Be Offered in November 2014 in the
PR Web (press release)
A permaculture design certification course, will be offered from November 11th-21st in the beautiful countryside area of Grass valley, California, providing a foundational educational experience for understanding permaculture design. Share on Twitter

Toxic Taters: Minnesotans not lovin’ pesticide drift

Something courageous happened today. A small group of farmers and rural residents dared to hold McDonald's accountable to its promises. Since 2006, PAN has been working with a grassroots coalition of farmers and White Earth tribal members to document the pesticide problem in the potato-producing regions of Minnesota.

Now, after seven years of talking to agencies, testifying in the state legislature and negotiating with the producer, community members are stepping into the public eye and asking for support. The campaign is called Toxic Taters, and the request is simple: McDonald’s has promised to reduce pesticide use in the production of their potatoes. It’s time for the company to make good on that promise.

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New Trustee Matching Scholarship to benefit turfgrass majors

Students majoring in Turfgrass Science in the College of Agricultural Sciences will receive first consideration for a new Trustee Scholarship established by a pair of Penn State alumni. William F. and Diane Randolph, of Powell, Ohio, created an endowment to fund the M. Forest Randolph and William F. Randolph Trustee Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in the college with demonstrated financial need.

Falklands’ pastures development scientist in the New Year’s Honors List – MercoPress

Falklands' pastures development scientist in the New Year's Honors List
MercoPress
He is an expert on upland grasslands and agro-forestry systems. Professor McAdam received his OBE for his personal contribution to scientific research and agriculture in the Falkland Islands since the 1970s where he went originally as Pasture

DOST 2 conducts SET-UP forum in Quirino – Philippine Information Agency


Philippine Information Agency

DOST 2 conducts SET-UP forum in Quirino
Philippine Information Agency
“We have a wide expanse of potential agricultural expansion areas suitable for crops, livestock and agro-forestry production. About 573,066 hectares of grassland and brushland can be utilized,” Mabborang added. But to fully maximize these opportunities

Honoring International Human Rights Day

This week marks the culmination of special commemorations and actions for PAN’s global community. And in 2013, No Pesticides Use Day (December 3) and International Human Rights Day (December 10) have an added level of poignancy as we join the world in reflecting on the remarkable life of the great Nelson Mandela.

Coming of age in the seventies and eighties, I was an anti-apartheid activist. What I learned about social change and international solidarity in those times still inspires me today. And PAN’s work around the world — to both protect communities from harm imposed by pesticide corporations and support ecological, sustaining food production — is a natural outgrowth of the grassroots-powered solidarity movements of past decades in at least three different ways.

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World Food Prize protests bring forth GMO debate – Iowa State Daily

World Food Prize protests bring forth GMO debate
Iowa State Daily
She said the prize has been awarded to a “wide array of people … including people who have worked on biocontrol and agro-ecology” and that the conference “includes stage farmers from around the globe” and “grassroots leaders.” Cordaro said the prize 

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Monsanto money buys WA election

This is NOT what democracy looks like. In a replay of California’s narrowly defeated labeling initiative last fall, a handful of corporations effectively bought Washington state’s election to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

In the face of impressive grassroots support and fundraising, pesticide and Big Food corporations spent $22 million to defeat I-522 — more than any campaign in the state’s history and the equivalent of $30 per voter. As the largest single contributor, Monsanto led the charge. Yet despite being heavily outspent, the initiative was defeated by a small margin.

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Mexico puts hold on GE corn

Mexico is known across the globe as the “birthplace of corn.” It’s home to thousands of types of traditional maize, as well as teoesinte, the grass ancestor of any and all corn varieties. Corn is also a cornerstone of food traditions in Mexico, from tortillas to tamales to pozole.

That’s why last week’s announcement from a federal judge that all field trials of genetically engineered (GE) corn are suspended in Mexico is very, very big news.

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Final harvest

1008131715_ed_lAfter 25 years living in my home in Oakland and 15 years of building a mini-farm and gardening in my backyard, this was one-half of my final harvest. (The other half was given to a friend, of course.) As I write this from Grass Valley, I’m eating the squash and tomatoes shown in the photo, part of a favorite summer salad.

I’m going to miss my mini-farm. But, I’ll continue gardening in Grass Valley, where I’m on the landscaping team with other gardeners from Wolf Creek Lodge. Perhaps the most important item in this photo is not the edibles in the basket, but the cuttings in the coffee cup from my blackberry plant. I will plant them here in Grass Valley and see how they do. They could mark the beginnings of something good here. My beloved blackberry in Oakland was from a cutting received about 15 years ago from a guy in Berkeley and it provided the beginning of my urban agriculture pursuits. Taking this cutting with me, I feel like I am part of a hundreds-year-old tradition of horticulturists who have carried all sorts of crops around the world, providing the basis for our current farming and gardening.

China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification – AllAfrica.com

China to Assist in Combating Land Degradation and Desertification
AllAfrica.com
sand dunes along the Baotou-Lanzhou Railway, aero-seeding over shifting sand dunes, narrow strip planting, straw checkerboard networks, windbreaks and shelterbelts of grass, shrubs and trees for farmland protection and agro-forestry ecosystems.

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China to assist in combating land degradation and desertification – New Era


New Era

China to assist in combating land degradation and desertification
New Era
sand dunes along the Baotou-Lanzhou Railway, aero-seeding over shifting sand dunes, narrow strip planting, straw checkerboard networks, windbreaks and shelterbelts of grass, shrubs and trees for farmland protection and agro-forestry ecosystems.

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Harvest Festival Coming Up on September 29

Bright orange pumpkins, roasted red peppers, and apples galore mark the changing seasons at the 19thannual Fall Harvest Festival, coming up on Sunday, September 29 at UC Santa Cruz’s 30-acre organic farm.

The festival features live music from reggae to bluegrass, along with hay rides, kids’ crafts, workshops, tours, pumpkin and produce sales, and campus and community group information tables.

Visitors of all ages are invited to sample more than 25 apple varieties, savor roasted peppers, enter the pie baking contest, try their hand at pressing cider, scale the climbing wall, and enjoy locally sourced, tasty treats.

Also on tap—workshops on making salsa, growing and using peppers, saving seeds, creating popcorn treats, and understanding permaculture design, along with farm tours and an herb walk through the garden.

The festival will take place at the UC Santa Cruz Farm on Sunday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for UCSC students, kids 12 and under, and for members of the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden; general admission is $5. See below for a full schedule of the day’s events.

Want so see how your favorite apple pie recipe measures up? Be sure to enter the Apple Pie Contest by 12:30 pm (see rules, below).

The Harvest Festival is cosponsored by the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS), UCSC’s Measure 43, and the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden, with major support from Driscoll’s, and additional support from New Leaf Community Markets, Tradin Organics, and Veritable Vegetable. People Power will provide free valet parking for bicycles.

Click here for directions to the UCSC Farm. Free parking will be available at the Campus Facilities and Barn Theater parking lots, and a free shuttle will be available. For more information call (831) 459-3240 or email casfs@ucsc.edu.

2013 Harvest Festival Schedule

MUSIC

Feed Me Jack          11:00 – 12:00

The Downbeets       12:15 – 1:30

Live Elk                      1:45 – 2:45

Kinetic Poetics         3:00 – 3:25

Ancestree Reggae   3:30 – 5:00

Activities, tours, workshops

Apple and Pepper Variety Tasting                          11:30 – 4:00

Apple Pie Contest Bake-Off (entry deadline)       12:30

Salsa It Up!                                                                    12:00 – 1:00
Crystal Owings, Food Systems Working Group

Guided Tours of the UCSC Farm                              12:30 and 4 pm

Popcorn Palooza                                                         1:15 – 2:15
Austin Lewis, Food Systems Working Group

Herb Talk & Walk through the Garden                2:00 – 3:00
Darren Huckle, Western/Chinese herbalist & licensed acupuncturist

Introduction to Permaculture Design                  3:00 – 3:45
David Shaw, UCSC Common Ground Center

Pepper Talk: Varieties and How to Use Them      3:30 – 4:00
Orin Martin, manager of the Alan Chadwick Garden

Seed Saving and Cleaning Workshop                    4:00 – 5:00
Cole Thomas and Connor Spears, Demeter Seed Project


Official Rules for the Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden Apple Pie Contest

Pie entries accepted 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Official judging begins at 12:45 p.m.

Winners will be announced at between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

1. The Friends of Farm and Garden Apple Pie Bake-Off is a nonprofessional baking competition open to Harvest Festival attendees (entry to the Harvest Festival is $5; free admission for UCSC students, Friends of the Farm & Garden members and for children 12 and under).

2. Contestants are responsible for submitting a written (preferably typed) recipe with their pie.

3. Contestants are responsible for supplying all ingredients and baking the pie prior to bringing it to the contest.

4. All entries in this contest must be homemade.

5. A representative of the Friends of the Farm & Garden will assign each contestant a number. Contestants should verify that the number on the bottom of their container is the same number assigned by the representative.

6. Contestants’ entries are judged on taste, presentation, and creativity.

7. The decision of the judges shall be final. Pie not consumed during judging will be returned to the contestant.

All pies must be entered by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, at the Fall Harvest Festival, UCSC Farm. For questions or additional copies of the rules, call (831) 459-3240 or e-mail casfs@ucsc.edu.


CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments – Agri.EU


Agri.EU

CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments
Agri.EU
They can convert a maximum of 5 percent of the grassland into crop area. – Maintaining ecologically valuable land, by retaining uncultivated soil, terraces, buffer tripes, agro-forestry, permanent crops, etc. © 2013 Agri.EU. Recommend (0). E-mail. Send

Watching the grass grow

John Kaminski uses social media to teach turfgrass science and collaborate with colleagues around the world. – See more at: http://current.it.psu.edu/article/watching-grass-grow-conversation-profe…

Spring Plant Sale Coming Up May 4-5

Mark your calendars! The Farm & Garden’s Spring Plant Sale takes place Saturday, May 4 from 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday, May 5, 10 am – 2 pm. The sale offers the biggest and best collection of organically grown flower, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, grasses, and other landscape plants available in the region. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% discount on plant purchases and are welcome to a Members’ Hour starting at 9 am on Saturday. Join or renew your membership starting at 8:30 am. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.

Click here for a list of annuals (vegetables, herbs, annual flowers) available at this year’s sale.

Click here for a list of perennials (herbs, shrubs, trees, bulbs, medicinals) available at this year’s sale.

DENR to establish sub-offices in Nueva Vizcaya watersheds – Philippine Information Agency

DENR to establish sub-offices in Nueva Vizcaya watersheds
Philippine Information Agency
The study which was conducted in 2004 recommended administrative and technical interventions where the latter focuses on rehabilitation of grassland with reforestation, agroforestry and silvipastoral practices in the forestland. “Its main goal is to

Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance – Upside Down World


Upside Down World

Argentina Profunda: Extractivism and Resistance
Upside Down World
The Chaco Argentina Agroforestry Network (REDAF) – a collective that brings together NGOs, grassroots organizations and technicians – investigates and surveys the conflicts. In their most recent report of data from August 2011, they recorded (in the

‘BTN LiveB1G’ to spotlight Penn State on Feb. 5

BTN’s new series, “BTN LiveB1G,” continues Feb. 5, with stories highlighting how the Penn State community is making an impact in State College and around the world. The program will air at 9:30 p.m. The Penn State-focused episode will highlight the College of Agricultural Science’s Turfgrass Science Program, which is researching ways to …

Spring Plant Sale

Title: Spring Plant Sale
Location: Corner of Bay & High Streets, base of the UCSC campus
Description: The biggest and best collection of organically grown flower, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, grasses, and other landscape plants available in the region. Friends of the Farm & Garden receive 10% discount on plant purchases. New memberships and renewals are available starting at 10 am on Sunday. For more information, contact 831.459-3240 or casfs@ucsc.edu.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2013-05-05
End Time: 14:00

Future Climate Agreement May Merge Agriculture, Land Use Change and Forestry – AllAfrica.com


Telegraph.co.uk

Future Climate Agreement May Merge Agriculture, Land Use Change and Forestry
AllAfrica.com
In countries such as Nepal, forest covers about one-third of the country's area with the rest of the land being used for agriculture (21%) agroforestry (7%), grassland (12%) and water, rocks, snow and settlements (20%). Integrated REDD+ schemes are
Climate change: what are world leaders waiting for? New Statesman



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Turfgrass research endowment named in memory of Stanley J. Zontek

Earlier this year, the U.S. Golf Association, the golf turfgrass industry and the Penn State turfgrass program lost a friend and colleague, Stanley Zontek. To honor his contributions to the golf-turf industry and his love for the University, Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. and Penn State have named a new endowment the Stanley J. Zontek …

Conference to focus on educating participants in golf turf management

When it comes to golf course management, there is a lot more to know than how to run a mower. Education is crucial with a growing demand for personnel trained to manage turfgrass. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is helping to fill that need by offering a conference that will provide information about golf course management to …

Transition Town Fujino Goes for Local Energy Independence – Your Olive Branch


Your Olive Branch

Transition Town Fujino Goes for Local Energy Independence
Your Olive Branch
As we have explained before on Our World 2.0, the Transition Town Movement is an international network of grassroots groups that form to apply the theory of permaculture to community revitalization. The concept of permaculture, which originated in

Transition Town Fujino Goes For Local Energy Independence – CounterCurrents.org

Transition Town Fujino Goes For Local Energy Independence
CounterCurrents.org
As we have explained before on Our World 2.0, the Transition Town Movement is an international network of grassroots groups that form to apply the theory of permaculture to community revitalization. The concept of permaculture, which originated in

$10M grant will fund research into biofuel-based economic development

The Northeast could help lead the way to a renewable-energy-based economy by utilizing marginal and abandoned land to grow energy crops such as perennial grasses and fast-growing woody plants. That’s the goal of a new research and education project led by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and supported by a $10 million grant from the …

Students work with golf course crew at Ryder Cup tournament

Nineteen students from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management program in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences recently had a rare opportunity to get hands-on experience at the highest level of golf when they helped prepare and maintain the links for the Ryder Cup tournament in Chicago. Last month, the students were among volunteers who …