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January 17, 2022

Four Winds Growers sees uptick in sales during pandemic

Four Winds Growers, a fourth-generation, family-run business in Watsonville specializing in citrus trees, has seen major growth in sales since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Aaron Dillon, who runs the business with his siblings, says that the surge is likely due to people who...

Local grower on cutting edge of organic farming

WATSONVILLE—About 200 people disembarked three large charter buses on Green Valley Road in Watsonville early Wednesday morning as part of the EcoFarm Bus Tour, a kickoff to the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove this week.  The tour was visiting Strong Agronomy, a management company that...

50 years at the UCSC Farm & Garden

Orin Martin says his favorite thing about the Alan Chadwick Garden at UC Santa Cruz is its diversity.

A chat with Integrity Wines’ Mark Hoover

Integrity Wines, located at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, has been in Watsonville for two years.

Sambrailo Packaging opens agricultural supply store

Agricultural packaging company Sambrailo Packaging has opened a new agriculture supply store at its packing and receiving location in Watsonville.

Purple power

Turning onto Bonny Doon Road from Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz, one can expect a number of different sights and smells. Wildflowers flank the paved road at first, pushing out onto the pavement persistently. Then there are damp, cool redwood groves. After

Aptos farm wins Best of Show at regional olive oil competition

Patrick and Teresa Royan were living in Los Gatos when they first discovered Pleasant Valley, a rural area in Aptos permeated with rolling hills, orchards, vineyards and pastures. The couple had been looking for a place to settle relatively close to the beach yet...

Open Farm Tours returns this weekend

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY—The annual Open Farm Tours will return this weekend—albeit in a different capacity. Pre-registration is now required for small, socially-distanced outdoor tours at the following farms: Thomas Farm and Luz Del Valle Farm in Aptos, and GroundSwell Farm in Santa Cruz. Additional participating...

Opinion: Connecting with agriculture in our community

Focus on Agriculture will soon be two years old.

Production moves forward at JSM Organics

For many farmers, the winter months are spent recovering from harvest season and getting ready to plant. Even in a Mediterranean climate like the Central Coast, it is common for farms to use the slower time to reassess. But at JSM Organics in Royal Oaks,...
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County observes MLK Day

A large bronze sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stands in the quad of Cabrillo College in Aptos. Today is Martin Luther King...