Virtual Skillshare – Foraging in Your Own Backyard!

Virtual Skillshare – Foraging in Your Own Backyard!

Local forager Andy Hsia-Coron takes us on a virtual tour of the Watsonville Slough, taking a close look at medicinal and edible plants and herbs that we can find growing in our local area. Special thanks to Andy and Michael for sharing your knowledge with the community, and thanks to all of you for attending! Originally recorded during a Virtual Skillshare on April 8th, 2012 at Watsonville Slough.

PG&E’s inability to adapt to our new climate puts the onus on us

PG&E’s inability to adapt to our new climate puts the onus on us

The question is not whether PG&E is to blame for the largest and most deadly wildfires of our time. We have no choice but to accept that and move onto the more productive question: what can we, in our local communities, be doing to create more resilient power solutions for ourselves in the face of new and evolving climate conditions? 

The Land I Visited

The Land I Visited

This is the second of a multi-part series about Terra Cultura’s experience searching for a place to call home. You’ll be hearing from Rachel in the coming weeks about the next phases in our epic quest for land. Click here to see the first part of this series, written by Jessica.

I landed at SFO just as the rain started to pick up for the evening. I waited for my mom to pick me up from the departures level upstairs, a long-standing family tradition that I’m not sure actually saves any time in traffic. Instead of waiting for her to arrive hiding from the shower under the overhang, I stood out by the street, feeling the cool rain trickle down, rinsing the airplane grit and slime off my face and hands. Living in San Diego, it had been months since I’d seen any real rain. This storm felt like an omen, signaling a coming flood of opportunity, after a long and stagnant drought, devoid of forward momentum for us on the land front.

Paint and Plant

Paint and Plant

Over 300 participants joined us at our Paint and Plant event, at Coastal Roots' Farm and Hangout Season Finale last Thursday afternoon. Children and adults of all ages sat under the shade of our tent, and painted terra-cotta pots, planted wildflower seeds inside, and learned about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our food and to our planet.

Lessons from the Grapevine

Lessons from the Grapevine

When Jessica and I returned from our world travels in late 2011, we stayed for a short while in San Diego, with Jessica’s parents, while we regrouped and planned our next move. During our stay, we talked a lot about some of the different agricultural and horticultural practices we experienced at the various farms and homesteads where we worked and lived.

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