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With vineyard labor scarce, Napa growers warm up to machines

One warm June morning a rumble began at Hudson Vineyards. Dull at first, the low automatic hum grew, pulsing louder and closer as Kelly MacLeod searched the rolling rows of the Carneros ranch for its ... read more

Food Dude: Learning to love artichokes

Data is scarce, but the phrase ... A full canasta can weigh up to 100 pounds in the spring when the artichokes are at their heaviest. Once the canasta is full, the artichokes are taken to a field-pack ... read more

Gardening tools go mobile

Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs dow... read more

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Climate Change SOS: Soil is the Solution, or the most important environmental story I'll ever write

Vineyard ... more than 200 Napa Valley wineries, the demand for this precious resource is getting so high, the dismal 3% national composting rate is causing severe shortages. On one hand, this is exci... read more


Issue debated, no decision made by township supervisors

Santillo accused Giancola of not communicating with his fellow supervisors. Santillo also said that drawing up the newest ordinance cost the taxpayers money in the way of attorney’s fees. Santillo als... read more

Water in California: Too Scarce, or Just Underpriced?

Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution blog has a good roundup on why people think that, why it isn't necessarily true, and why ignoring price when it comes to rationing scarce things is a terrible idea ... read more

The canned tomatoes war and the conspiracy against consumers

In his press release announcing the new tariff, Industry Minister Christopher Pyne declared a "win for Australian tomato growers and producers" who could ... the Government is forcing up the price of ... read more

Mackenzie Ankrom

On Sunday, September 18, 2011, one of God's little angels went home, Mackenzie Ankrom, stillborn, of Clinton, Pennsylvania. Mackenzie was the daughter of Eric Ankrom and Jerrica Johnson of Clinton. Sh... read more

Stories for August 2011

It is now positive for the year. posted: 08/31/2011 3:21 p.m. The former clerk for Green Forest has been sentenced to three years’ probation and fined $5,000 after pleading guilty to a charge that she ... read more

USDA's New Map for Gardeners and Farmers Shows a Warming America

As many of you know from lineatus' [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/21/1414131/-realalaskan-Bad-News-from-Sitka diary] on Friday, tragically our own [http://www.dailykos.com/user/realalaskan ... read more

Which Kevin Rudd will the voters remember?

But if he fails, he will be only the second Labor prime minister to be defeated at a federal ... a sceptical press gallery but enthusiastically embraced by an electorate fed up with John Howard and qu... read more



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