Backyard Orchard News
The things we overlook are the things we should look for. Take wild mustard and honey...
Packing a heavy load of pollen, a honey bee heads for a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Touchdown! A honey bee reaches a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee on top of her world--a mustard blossom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Heading home--a honey bee leaves a mustard patch to share her bounty with her colony. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
So, you're sheltering in place and thinking about honey bees, bumble bees, monarchs and assorted...
A yellow-faced bumble bee, Bombus vosnesenskii, nectaring on a spiked floral purple plant, Salvia indigo spires in Sonoma. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A monarch butterfly nectaring on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A black widow spider with two egg sacs. Image taken in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Communities support their local farms and ranches
During this COVID-19 emergency, as most agritourism operations have canceled events and on-farm activities, many are refocusing on direct sales - selling to their local community members directly through on-line sales, CSAs, and pick-up and delivery services. UC SAREP is helping consumers purchase directly from local farms and ranches by sharing connections to local farmers all over California on our UC Agritourism Directory, www.calagtour.org.
The new webpage, COVID-19 Shelter-in-Place Direct-from-Farm Resources, includes information and links to local agricultural and community organizations connecting consumers with farms and ranches offering box deliveries, farm stands, online ordering, delivery and pickup services, organized by region.
We need you! Please help grow these connections
Resources for connecting with local farmers and ranchers in many California regions are not yet included on this website. We need your help!
If you are an organization promoting local direct sales by farmers and ranchers, or if you are an individual farmer or rancher who would like to be included on this page, please contact Penny Leff, UC SAREP agritourism coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmers' markets open as "Essential Services"
In many areas, farmers' markets remain open, with major adjustments for social distancing and sanitary protection for everyone involved. These farmers' markets are essential for farmers as well as consumers, and are a wonderful way for community members to support local farms, but some have changed hours or limited their seasons. Please check the website or Facebook page of your local farmers' market before you visit to learn of any changes.
The Ecology Center has a great tracking tool which allows users to search for farmers' markets and filter for Market Match and EBT acceptance: https://ecologycenter.org/fmfinder/
So many good-hearted people are trying to help others during the coronavirus pandemic. Take...
Honey bees cluster on a frame at UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bees cluster on a mask, the work of Teresa Hickman. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee motif on a hand-made bar of soap, the work of Teresa Hickman. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A gloved hand reaches for one of the many masks made by Teresa Hickman. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
What, hippos thriving in Colombia? Yes! If you've been reading The New York Times, Washington...
Introduced species and nearest neighbors, an illustration in PNAS.