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A nonprofit organization founded in 2013, Community Seva serves meals to anyone in need. With 2,000-plus volunteers, the group has provided more than 80,000 meals and 5,000 care bags, including hygiene items, to the homeless. 

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School Kitchens Experience Staffing Shortages

03/24/2024

As school meal programs expand, school kitchens are experiencing struggles hiring and retaining food workers.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats

03/07/2024

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

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Image caption: Joy Perrin, a mother of two children, testifies at the Budget Subcommittee on Human Services hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento March 20, 2024. With the help of CalWORKS, Perrin was able to secure housing for her and her family.
California May Gut Two CalWORKS Programs Helping Thousands of Families

The state is considering zeroing out funds for CalWORKS family stabilization and job subsidy programs to help balance the budget.

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Product Launch: Find & Protect Wildflowers With BloomTracker

Hilltromper announces an online resource that tells you where your favorite flowers are blooming right now, and helps preserve these wonders of nature.

Image caption: The 1965 law known as the Williamson Act has been responsible for keeping about half of California's farmland out of the hands of developers.
The Williamson Act: How the Law That Protects California’s Farmland Works

The Williamson Act, passed in 1965, now keeps more than 16 million acres of farmland out of the hands of developers. Here's how the law puts the brakes on the development of California agricultural properties.

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Silicon Valley Billionaires vs. Bay Area’s Housing Crisis?

In NYT’s “The Farmers Had What the Billionaires Wanted,” we meet a man who wants to build a city in the middle of nowhere, and folks who are slowing him down.

Image caption: The legislature's own analysts blasted new state water conservation rules as too strict and largely unjustified.
California’s New Water-Saving Regs Lack 'Compelling Justifications'

Even though California faces serious water shortages, the Legislature’s analysts recommend weaker outdoor conservation requirements and longer deadlines for urban water agencies.

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The chanterelle just got enshrined in California law (+ other bills that made it over the finish line)

The golden chanterelle mushroom is California’s official state mushroom thanks to new legislation that went into effect Jan. 1. (File Photo)
Every year, California’s legislators send a flurry of bills to the governor in hopes he or she will sign …

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DeRose Winery is steeped in South Valley history

Al DeRose stands in front of a photo of his father, Pat DeRose, at the family vineyard’s tasting room in Hollister. Photo: John McKay

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Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance
Greener ways to feed the world’s growing population
Fresh and dried fruit, wine, nuts and more can be found at Casa De Fruta, a venerable stop for drivers traversing Pacheco Pass.
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Apples and berries, steaks and dairy...and much more
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