Tahoe Truckee Region Local News: Agriculture, Food & Gardening


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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.

Image caption: Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation has cost California 90 percent of its wetlands.
How Land Reclamation Hurts California’s Environment

Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation projects have helped to build California, but they are also damaging the state’s environment for people, plants and animals by eliminating essential wetlands.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‚ÄėSwamps‚Äô Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

Image caption: They help feed the whole country, but life for California’s farm workers remains a struggle.
How California Feeds the Country

California stands as America‚Äôs agricultural powerhouse, growing half of its fruits and vegetables. Here‚Äôs how California farming has shaped the state, from the early missions to today‚Äôs ‚Äúfactories in the field.‚ÄĚ

Image caption: Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

Image caption: RCDs look after the land, whether it’s used for grazing, growing, or getting out into nature.
California Dirt

What do resource conservation districts protect? Pretty much everything that’s worth saving.

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07/21/2024
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Slow Food Lake Tahoe is once again hosting a tour of beautiful high Sierra food gardens in Truckee. They will be visiting gardens of all shapes and sizes from a 4-season grow dome to a single-family backyard veggie garden.

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07/19/2024
A judge has halted a union effort at the Wonderful Company, throwing into question a new state law designed to make it easier for agricultural workers to organize.

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07/18/2024
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Sierra Community House announced the inaugural "Blue Harvest: United to Nourish," farm-to-table dinner aimed at supporting local hunger relief efforts. Blue Harvest will take place on Aug. 25 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Dancing Pines venue in Sierraville located at 250 Fibreboard Road. 

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07/16/2024
A Kings County judge today issued a temporary restraining order against the state that pauses its unprecedented move to crack down on groundwater depletion in California’s agricultural heartland.

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07/01/2024
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A rusty brown bark beetle, the length of a grain of rice, lands on a ponderosa pine. Tiny insect legs make a clicking sound, as the beetle scales the tree. Twitching its antennae, the miniature assassin readies itself to bore into the pine, often the tree's death knell.

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06/28/2024
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Truckee Thursdays is a feel-good event that beckons the community to enjoy live music, a licensed alcohol area, food court with local food trucks and vendors, children’s activities and a variety of artisan vendors from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 15 (no event July 4).

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06/25/2024
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The 2024 St. Theresa Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program begins June 26 and will continue every Wednesday through August 21.

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06/18/2024
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The 2024 St. Theresa Bread & Broth 4 Kids Summer Program begins June 26 and will continue every Wednesday through August 21st.

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06/16/2024
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On Monday June 3rd, SITS hosted a Monday Meal and sent six members to participate as Bread and Broth Adopt A Day volunteer crew members.

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06/05/2024
The $4.5 billion Sites Reservoir project is advancing after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by environmental groups.

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05/19/2024
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The Board of Supervisors is considering adopting an ordinance that would allow residents to operate restaurants or sell meals out of their homes.

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05/16/2024
The centerpiece of California’s water wars pits Gov. Newsom against local communities and environmentalists. A new report says the benefits of the tunnel exceed the cost since other water supplies would cost more.

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04/25/2024
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A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

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04/24/2024
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The El Dorado County Senior Nutrition Service's meal delivery program isn't just a nutrition program, it provides a way for homebound seniors stay connected with the outside world.

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04/23/2024
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A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

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04/16/2024
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Bread & Broth is extremely fortunate to have Adopt A Day of Nourishment sponsors that have hosted the organization's Monday Meal on a regular basis.

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03/29/2024
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The state is considering zeroing out funds for CalWORKS family stabilization and job subsidy programs to help balance the budget.

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03/23/2024
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Elements Eatery and Bar has opened on the South Shore featuring Mexican-American fusion cuisine featuring a full bar and views of Lake Tahoe at 3310 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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03/23/2024
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Sierra Community House has launched a Community Pantry format in Truckee, which allows individuals to select their own food items, which in turn empowers the community and reduces waste.  The new client choice distribution model incorporates dignity, empowerment and connection into hunger relief services, according to a press release.
Food distribution in Kings Beach already operates with client choice principles, while Incline Village still functions as a traditional model due to the logistical challenges that come with a pop-up pickup and home delivery distribution, according to the release. The agency said that it is looking to rework all its programs in the area. | sierracommunityhouse.org
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03/23/2024
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Truckee Community Garden has garden plots available for rent and North Tahoe Regional Park Community Garden in Tahoe Vista welcomes members to its North Tahoe Community Garden Club.

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