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Group calls for increased buffer zones

Note: reporter Todd Guild contributed to this report SALINAS—The pesticide Telone–also known as 1,3-D–is thought to be so dangerous that it is banned in 34 countries. And yet, despite having been disallowed in California from 1990-94, it is still used …

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California Grill & Bar is Farm-to-Table All the Way

The longtime Watsonville restaurant serves some of the freshest produce in the county

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Farm Discovery to host annual benefit dinner

WATSONVILLE—Farm Discovery at Live Earth Farm, an organization aiming to empower youth and their families through farm-based education programs, will host its annual benefit dinner on Sept. 24. “Mesa: Farm Discovery Fall Feast in the Fields” will have guests enjoying …

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Ground control: K&D Landscaping CEO talks shifting trends, standards

Whether it is due to shifting climates, labor challenges, rising material costs or simply new trends, the landscape industry is evolving.  However, one thing that has not changed is high demand.  “The demand for landscaping continues to climb with no …

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Testicle Festival returns to Estrada Deer Camp for 14th iteration on Aug. 27

WATSONVILLE—The Young Farmers and Ranchers (YFR) will host the 14th annual Testicle Festival at Estrada Deer Camp in Watsonville on Aug. 27. The annual event is a fundraiser for YFR, a program of the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. Guests …

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The August Garden in Bloom

By  Josh Reilly In August the best place in the garden may be a big comfortable chair on a shady deck, with a good view of your Summer blooms. Penstemons, marigolds, petunias, some Salvias, some Begonias, and lots of Pelargoniums …

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One flower, one day, huge crowds: Corpse flower blooms

SANTA CRUZ—Thousands of curious folks had a one-day window Tuesday to view and smell a blooming corpse flower at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden. The 4-foot tall flower, sheltered beneath a tent and kept warm with a …

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County Fair Board plans to remove aging barns

WATSONVILLE—When thousands of attendees file into the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in September for the annual county fair, they can expect the east end of the grounds to look much different than years prior. If all goes according to plan—and …

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Church cans community garden’s lease after reports of ‘suspicious activity’

WATSONVILLE—For more than a decade, dozens of families have grown their own produce on a one-acre community garden located on the property of All Saints Episcopal Church in Watsonville.  The 50 or so crops include corn, peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos, …

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Pesticide notification pilot program launches in Watsonville

WATSONVILLE—Residents of Watsonville’s older adult communities can now get advanced notice when dangerous agricultural chemicals will be applied to fields near their residences. Santa Cruz is one of four counties taking part in a pilot notification program in conjunction with …

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Garden Oddities

By Josh Reilly Like every other great creative endeavor, the garden needs personal design features. Sculpture, rare old patio furniture, banners, mobiles, personal treasures. Weird stuff. I have a few such items, including a ceramic raven, holding a ring in …

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Esperanza Community Farms Receives $50k grant

Since 2017, Esperanza Community Farms in Watsonville has provided affordable organic produce to hundreds of local families, while aiming to promote healthy eating, sustainability and economic justice.  And now, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the No Kid Hungry Centering …

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How the Push for Farmworker Housing is Hindered by Persistent Myths

While advocates look for solutions, field workers try to make a better life for their families.

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Father-Son Duo Quietly Leads Fairgrounds

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds are more than the annual one-week autumnal event, which itself undoubtedly takes a Herculean amount of work. There are also numerous events throughout the year including horse shows, conventions and celebrations such as quinceañeras and …

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Reducing Water Use in the Summer Garden

By Josh Reilly It’s June in the SLV. The Winter rainy season is over. Short of a miracle or a biblical apocalypse, there will be no rain from now until at least late September. Water, as everybody is now telling …

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Finding color in shady gardens

Recently I spent some time in a friend’s garden in Bonny Doon. This spectacular garden was included on Valley Church’s Garden Tour several years ago when several Bonny Doon gardens were featured. As in many gardens, there are some sunny …

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Driscoll’s donates $1.75M to help save Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE—The Pajaro Valley Healthcare District Project (PVHD) announced Thursday that Watsonville-based berry company Driscoll’s will donate $1.75 million to help save Watsonville Community Hospital.   PVHD is currently fundraising in order to meet a July 1 deadline in order to purchase …

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The Mountain Gardener: Fire and renewal

I regularly visit my burned parcel in Bonny Doon to monitor the progress of the redwoods and understory plants. It will take 30-50 years for the forest to regenerate, but it’s trying.  Amazing how Mother Nature takes advantage of voids. …

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