The Cannery agrihood in Davis, California, will place an educational incubator farm in the middle of a planned community. Morphing from last century’s model of housing surrounded by a golf course, this new development seeks to transform an industrial site into a 21st century organic farming and living experiment.
We found a recent Smithsonian.com article that describes one country’s plan to support bee populations that are increasingly dying off from exposure to toxic pesticides and decreasing habitat. In this story, another current article is quoted as saying America’s recent research data indicates that in the last year, ending in April 2015, bee populations declined by as much as 40%. Yet bees are responsible for over a third of our food supply as the necessary pollinators in the chain of events from flower to fruit.
We all could think about how we, as consumers, can have positive influence in this increasing threat to our food supply. Buy organic ingredients where possible and include bee-attracting plants in your garden are two of the most obvious. A USDA website explains the situation from many angles for those who want more in-depth information about causes and the impact to the food system we know today.
Leveraging a state program that encourages cities and counties to approve active farming or ‘Urban Agriculture Incentive’ zones on unused land within their boundaries, two Santa Clara County supervisors are hoping to recreate our Valley of Heart’s Delight. Within the next two or three months, they are calling for a detailed proposal to reclaim vacant lots for potential use as community gardens…(read more)