Hey Locavores! It’s that time of year again, when the wonderful folks at Riverdance Farms, host their annual “Pick and Gather”, it’s always a wonderful time rain or shine!
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Posted in agriculture, FARM VISITS, local events, Local farms, local organic, Riverdance Farms, Riverdance Pick & Gather, San Joaquin Valley, Uncategorized, tagged Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, Events, local, Local Choices, Local farms, local harvest, Localchoices, pick & gather, pick and gather, Riverdance Farms, San Joaquin Valley on May 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
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Posted in agriculture, california, central valley, container gardening, FARM VISITS, Food, Gardening, Local Farming, Local farms, local foods, organic farmers, Organic Farming, Organic Vegetables, San Joaquin Valley, stanislaus county, starting indoor seeds, starting seeds, sustainable farming, Uncategorized, tagged agriculture, California Certified Organic Farmer, central valley, community health, Events, farming, farms, Food, Gardening, local, local events, Local farms, local food, local foods, local organic farmers, local organic farms, San Joaquin Valley, vegetables on March 20, 2009 | 3 Comments »
You will find Lorina cleaning up the gardens still getting ready to plant. She would love to visit with you and help you with any garden questions that you might have.
Lorina will do guest speaking for clubs, classes or anyone interested in gardening with herbs.
Come on out any day after March 20 by appointment.
Posted in agriculture, environmental organizations, FARM VISITS, Gardening, Local farms, local foods, news, Organic Farming, San Joaquin Valley, turlock, turlock charter school, Uncategorized, tagged agriculture, agriculture education, charter school program, farming school, Gardening, keyes to learning charter school, turlock charter school on March 12, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
The highlight of this visit was not just a farm, but a very unique class room on a country road in Turlock, in a barn on a farm….
there are children , teachers, desks, chalk boards, cows, goats, pigs, turkeys, a vegetable garden, a fruit garden and lots of fresh air!
We arrived with organic seeds, donated by The Greenery Nursery in Turlock, and compostable containers for all the students. These kids where excited to show us their farm and share with us their responsibilities of animal care and garden care. Kat talked about our farm visits and the many career choices in the farm industry with out being a farmer. What really sparked their interest was talk about our blog and how we social network, after all this is the plugged in generation, they already have the skills of online networking and this group understood the importance of how to apply it in creating a successful business.
Here at Keyes To Learning Charter School young minds are taught the environmental issues that effect the area they live in by learning with a hands on approach to earth friendly responsible farming & gardening. This open laboratory for outdoor exploration is the only school in the central valley that offers an alternative and creative curriculum for home schooled students. Since 1978 the gardening program has been available to students ranging from 5th to 8th graders attending once a week, with the older mentoring the younger allowing them to work on their leadership skills. This school also teaches the standard class’s such as California History, Art and Nutrition.
Diane Sugerman is the Ag teacher responsible for plant science and environmental education and believes …. ” We need youth that are knowledgeable about agriculture so that the industry will continue to be a viable force in one of the most exceptional growing areas in the country.”
That was the good news, now here is bad news… this charter school faces budget cuts due to economic times and is in danger of losing its program. They are looking for a permanent site, as this one is rented, the hope would be that someone or the Ag industry would step forward and help out in the process of educating our K-6 children like the programs offered to middle and high schools. Charter schools can be much more creative in developing innovative programs.
We are spreading the word about this exceptional learning opportunity for the future of our children so that we might inspire or motivate someone to help find a permanent site that would allow these students to showcase our local agriculture community through sustainable gardening!
Please shoot us an e-mail if you are interested in supporting this school in any way at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted in agriculture, california, central valley, Events, FARM VISITS, Food, food blogs, Gustine, Local Farming, Local farms, local foods, local organic, Merced County, news, Olive Oil, organic farmers, Organic Farming, San Joaquin Valley, sustainable farming, tagged athenas gift, california organic farmer, Food, gustine olive orchard, healthy foods, local foods, local natural olive oil farmers, local news, merced county agriculture on February 8, 2009 | Leave a Comment »
Just as Athena, goddess of wisdom, provided the olive tree to the Greeks, the Piccirillo family provides all natural virgin olive oil to California’s San Joaquin Central Valley!
Fascination for Greek mythology and Athena’s divine creation of the olive tree is what started Anne Piccirillo’s dream and hobby, now nine and a half years latter it is a successful thriving olive orchard with 417 Spanish and Italian olive trees. The reward for persistence and hard work for Anne, her husband Paul and daughter Eleanor is now living in the middle of this beautiful olive orchard here in the small community of Gustine, Ca.
The Piccirillo family grows 4 different varieties of trees – Ascolano, Leccino, Frantoio and Mission, unlike many other olive oils their varieties are separated, offering 4 different types of oil – each with its own unique warm and roasted flavors. This specialty olive oil is extra virgin, first cold pressed (considered the best), meaning the olive is processed once & using as little heat as possible insuring the highest quality oil from the olive.
As we taste test a buffet of her oils with fresh french bread we learn from Anne just a few of the many health benefits of this Mediterranean fruit, it has a high content of antioxidative substances suppling vitamin E, healing fats supporting good cholesterol levels, lowering risk of colon cancer and the most common, heart disease.
When the harvest and time allows, Anne will also offer hand made soaps of lavender, honey/oatmeal and goat milk.
Harvest begins in the middle of October to beginning of November, while the olives are 1/2 green and 1/2 dark for quality flavor.
- If you would like to try your hand at harvesting there is a volunteer day the third week in October, give them a call at 209.631.1137 … we’ll be there!
Athena’s Gift, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be found locally at :
Beekman and Beekman in Hughson, Ca
Wolfsen’s Meats & Sausage in Gustine, Ca
Hops & Bangers event in Gustine, Ca
To order online and learn more about the people in your neighborhood visit Athena’s Gift!
Posted in agriculture, california, central valley, FARM VISITS, Grass fed beef ranch, news, Uncategorized, tagged agriculture, beef, cattle ranches, grass fed beef ranch in california on March 25, 2008 | 9 Comments »
What a refreshing afternoon it turned into as we visited with Seth Nitschke and toured his beautiful grass fed beef ranch. We hopped on the back of his quad and off we went for a bumpy ride and a first hand view of the ranch.
He did warn us about the rough ride, his energy and knowledge made up for it, we survived!
It was an educating day for us, learning the care of the land and the life of pasture fed cattle. Seth explains the fine line of under grazing and over grazing, believing in slow, easy and natural, not too many cattle and not to long a time. Grazing in moderation helps the reproduction of grass allowing it to replenish its roots, prevents topsoil erosion, keeps a healthy rangeland, maintains clean water, protects against disease that will produce healthy quality beef.
In 1992 Seth spent time as an exchange student in Western Australia. In 1994 he returned to Australia to work on a ranch, then again in 1997 spending 6 weeks on the ground with a chuck wagon rounding up cattle – you don’t hear stories like that anymore. When he returned to the states he was a cattle buyer for larger corporations back east and in this area. After years of not being satisfied with the practices of the industry Open Space Meats was established.
He tells us, “I had enough of feed yards and lots, I’m not bashing them, what they are doing is not bad, we are just doing it better – the way we think it should be done, no steroids or concentrated grains, we raise grass feed cattle because we believe it is the right thing to do. The ranch looks good, the cows look good and it is good for our customers. We take great care of our ground, our animals and people.”
Currently they are renting grazing land in Hornitos and run about 30 head of cattle in a few different locations. They buy their calves from local known sources; people they know and trust then grass feed them until they are about 2 years of age. He does not believe in pushing the cattle past or faster then what nature has intended. Seth loves what he does and respects the land and the spring that runs through it, with plans to plant oak trees along the small creek to help improve the water retention and soil composition.
Seth jokes when he says many of their clients are recovering vegetarians, now enjoying nutritious grass fed meats. He is proud to say they have a 75% reorder rate from their customers. Most people hear about Open Space Meats by word of mouth, with customers located all over California, from San Fransisco to San Diego and a few out of state. In most cases Seth likes to deliver meat himself, wanting his customer to know where their food comes from and wanting to know his customer!
To place your custom beef order visit www.openspacemeats.com,
give Seth an e-mail or call (209) 262-8780.