There’s a light at the end of the tunnel…

I am so tired of blogging about the “s-word” and the “w-word” that I decided that I would post a more delightful blog from Minnesota!  Let’s think spring!  This picture is from my garden last spring, and it gives me hope that after almost 4 s…

Looking pretty green around here!

We couldn’t hardly have asked for more favorable weather over the past three weeks, and most of our farm is turning a nice deep shade of green.  Generally mild temperatures and well-timed rains have helped our fescue pastures and our fields of spr…

Hooting Spotted Owls and High School Students

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tbMUk79Kfk Assuming you give a Hoot…have you ever wondered how foresters and biologists locate spotted owls?  They talk to them, of course.  Here’s a little snippet of one of our Wildlife Biologists, Kevin Roberts, as he demonstrates how to locate Spotted Owls using various calls, all done by mouth.  This demonstration was at the California Forestry Challenge (CFC), a program for high school…

From Our Forest to Your Fence – How Cedar Fencing is Made

From Our Forest to your Fence – How Cedar Fencing is Made Incense Cedar is made into various products including pencils, decking, siding, and fencing. Cedar has similar qualities to Redwood (it handles moisture, is less susceptible to rot and mostly bug-free) although it is more reasonably priced. Here is a video we made recently…

Farmers keep topping selves to feed the world

Here is an article from my local county that looks into the gains in production and efficiency farmers have made through the decades.   Stanislaus County farmers keep topping selves to feed the world – Agriculture – Modbee.com. In 1892, federal records show, wheat farmers in California produced an average of 0.44 tons per acre. … Continue reading »

Dairy cares? Environment

Here is a quick update about dairies in California’s Central valley and their progress with environmental regulations Dairy Cares Report February 2011 www.dairycares.com  Myths vs. facts: Much progress made in dairy water quality protection efforts It is an indisputable fact that in the past four years, California dairy families have invested more than $150 … Continue reading »