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September 27, 2021

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...

Farm Bureau names Edward Ortega Farmer of the Year

Edward Ortega of Ortega Berry Farms was recently selected by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau as the 2019 Farmer of the Year.

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.

Opinion: Connecting with agriculture in our community

Focus on Agriculture will soon be two years old.

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...

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

Watsonville Farmers’ Market thrives in winter months

WATSONVILLE—The Watsonville Certified Farmers’ Market continues to offer an array of fresh fruits and vegetables, and gives back to the community every Friday in downtown Watsonville. While many shoppers stop by for a bag of kettle corn, fresh flowers, eggs, hot prepared foods or a...

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...
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Letters to the Editor, Sept. 24

Ethic studies bill is discriminatory  On Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk is the ethnic studies bill. I must note that he doesn’t need to sign it....