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GREAT Free Food Series

Week 7 | Wednesday, February 28: Food and Farmers With Guest Speakers Judith Redmond and Craig McNamara

One of the most opaque relationships in the food system lies behind the relationship between eaters and the farmers who make it possible for us to eat. This class aims to bridge the connection by exploring life as a farmer.

Judith Redmond is a native Californian who has been farming in Northern California since 1989.  She is one of four owners of Full Belly Farm where a diverse assortment of fruits, nuts, and vegetables are grown, sheep and chickens are pastured, and training for interns and children’s educational programming is offered.

Craig McNamara is the president and owner of Sierra Orchards, a diversified farming operation producing primarily organic walnuts. Craig serves as the founder Center for Land-Based Learning, the President of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture, on the UC President’s Advisory Commission and the UC Davis Dean’s Advisory Council. He is an advisory board member of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, and active in the American Farmland Trust, Roots of Change, and the Public Policy Institute of California.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday evenings from 6:15-8PM Pacific Time. You can watch the conversation live online or join us in class on campus. Participation to the community is free of charge.


Love national parks? Thank UC Berkeley

Do the majestic vistas of Yosemite National Park make you swoon? Are you besotted with the equally splendid landscapes of Yellowstone, Zion, the Smokey Mountains, the North Cascades and Rocky Mountain National Parks?

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Thank UC Berkeley.

“Cal alumni had a major influence on both launching and maintaining the National Park system,” says Steven Beissinger, professor of wildlife ecology at Cal. “It’s no coincidence that three of the first four directors of the National Park Service were university alumni.”

Some national parks had been established in a hodgepodge fashion by the second decade of the 20th century: most notably Yosemite, Yellowstone, Mount Rainier and Rocky Mountain, along with a couple of national monuments. “But there was no broad supervisory service responsible for protecting resources and establishing standard policy,” says Beissinger, who’s in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management.

Then along came Berkeley alums Stephen Mather, class of 1887, and Horace Albright, class of 1912. A successful businessman who had developed and promoted the 20 Mule Team Borax brand, Mather was also a Teddy Roosevelt-style conservationist and outdoor enthusiast.

“Mather complained to then-Secretary of the Interior Franklin Lane (a Berkeley drop-out) about the condition of the national parks,” Beissinger says, “and Lane told him, ‘Well, come to Washington and do something about it.’ So Mather ended up as Assistant Secretary of the Interior.”

Read the complete story at California Magazine

  The Conservation of Natural Resources major at CAL was started in the 1970s and  gave voice to a group to students, community members, scientists by creating an amazing interdisciplinary, exciting, and diverse major that gave a voice to so many. We learned, “everything is related to everything else” and so much more. Yes, Thanks CAL! — the editor

Thanks Marcie for sharing the article.

The Power of HONEY

Ayele Solomon is seeking a carbon-rights agreement that would be the biggest conservation project in Ethiopia.

Look at the article, in UC Berkeley, CNR Breakthroughs magazine:

Solomon identified honey production using modern frame beehives as a key alternative livelihood that would not only create a five-fold increase in annual honey yields and a rise in the incomes they provide, but also create jobs for women, who have long been excluded from the tree-climbing practice of traditional honey collecting. Honey wine, known as t’ej in Ethiopia, could be an extension of the improved beehive, Solomon thought. He imagined that proceeds from wine production could fund the conversion of thousands of traditional hives to modern ones.

The Economic Power of Honey

“I just sort of continued with the idea when I came back to California,” Solomon says of his desire to produce the golden drink, also called mead. “I developed a strong business plan, and the wine turned out great.” Originally, he’d hoped to use Ethiopian honey and export the wine from there. But the lack of both a wine industry infrastructure and a commercial market—“Everybody drinks their grandmother’s and mother’s honey wine”—convinced him to choose San Francisco as the base of his venture, The Honey Wine Company (BeeDvine.com).


Sudden Oak Death

You are invited to the following free talk Fri, Nov 1 in Los Altos. Learn about the latest findings on sudden oak death and how citizen scientists are playing a big role.

– Arvind Kumar

Sudden Oak Death: What Have We Learned
Dr Doug Schmidt, UC Berkeley
Friday, November 1, 2013, 7:30pm
Los Altos Library, 13 S San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Back in May, we learned about the latest research on Sudden Oak Death (SOD) from the world’s leading SOD expert, UC Berkeley’s Dr. Matteo Garbelotto. We now know a great deal about SOD: we know which pathogen causes SOD, how it came to California, how it spreads, most effective ways for control, containment, and eradication, and – most importantly – how you and I can help. In May, teams of citizen-scientist volunteers fanned out over Los Altos Hills and Villa Montalvo to collect samples of bay laurel leaves for lab analysis. This was part of a massive state-wide citizen science effort called the SOD Blitz covering many counties all over California.

Join us on Fri, Nov 1, 7:30pm at the Los Altos Library to learn about the results of this year’s Blitz, what new discoveries have been made, and how they will influence next year’s Blitz. Dr Doug Schmidt of UC Berkeley will present the highlights of this year’s lab analysis and implications for the future. He will also introduce the new mobile phone app SODMAP Mobile (for iPhone and Droid) which makes the Blitz data readily accessible to the citizen-scientists who helped collect it. Dr Garbelotto and his team will soon publish a paper showing the validity and the usefulness of citizen science data collected through the Blitzes.

Dr Garbelotto’s lab at UC Berkeley is pioneering research on the causes of SOD and — as more is learned — developing effective solutions for identifying, containing, and preventing this infestation. His lab has trained teams of citizen scientists all over the affected regions of the state to collect specimens according to scientific protocol, map the pathogen, and help contain its spread.

This year’s SOD Blitz surpassed all previous years in terms of attendance and number of samples collected. The success of the SOD Blitz lies in the local citizens volunteering their time to map the SOD pathogen, thus helping direct containment efforts where they are needed. You can make and are making a difference in your own area, and by extension throughout the state. Everyone can help, from high school students to young moms to retirees. Join us, educate yourself, and help save California oaks for future generations.

An additional SOD management training is scheduled Nov 23 @ 10 am at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga: this will focus on the biology and on what to do to slow down the disease. There have been big changes in the recommendations for injections. There will be some new recommendations, plus a training on how to correctly use the mobile apps.

Star Gazers!! Astonomy Night Nov 5

Come spend the DAY in the Stars for Free! The Family Science and Astronomy Festival is
Saturday November 5 2-11pm 2011

NOTE: if you missed this amazing event, check the CSM ASTRONOMY WEB SITE for current events.

1700 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402
just off highway 92, easy to reach and such a beautiful campus to visit!
2pm – Planetarium show
2:30 – 4:30 Science Demos by CSM Science Faculty
4:30 -6:30 Astronomy events
6:30 – 8:30 Keynote Speech by Dr. Alex Filippenko “dark Energy and the Runaway Universe”
9:15 – 11:00 Telescope observing

Park for free in the Marie Curie Lot 5 for all events.
FOR MORE INFO: www.smcas.com or collegeofsanmateo.edu/astronomy

>>>This was a spectacular event, many kids were inspired and got to participate in the touch/feel demos.The theater was full for the lecture by Dr. Filippenko, which was interesting and understandable.  GREAT job College of San Mateo – I hope you do it again next year.