For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture surveyed school districts around the country to find out how much of their food is purchased locally -- and how much they’re teaching students about nutrition and farming. The results of the so-called farm-to-school census are out this week.
And here in the salad bowl of the world, schools benefit from their proximity to farms big and small.
Efforts to build a Veteran’s Cemetery on the former Fort Ord passed a crucial deadline this week. Supporters of the project raised the 2 point 6 million dollars necessary to secure a Federal grant to build the first phase of the project.
If you’ve ever filled out that line on your tax form to donate to the California Sea Otter Fund, your dollars are at work right now in Elkhorn Slough. The fund is paying for the first year of a three year study on otters at the Moss Landing estuary.
Watsonville needs to clean up Pinto Lake. The popular recreation spot is plagued with toxic algae that not only smells bad, but can also make people sick. To make matters worse, the solutions are more expensive than this cash strapped city can afford.