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This Summer Brings the Return of Open Farm Days & Fairs
As summer weather approaches and schools across California end their spring sessions, farms will finally have the opportunity to begin returning their operations back to normal. On June 15th, “All counties in California, regardless of how high or low coronavirus transmission is, will be allowed to all reopen at the same time”. The state is planning on releasing updated mask-wearing policies and emergency closure plans in the case of a resurgence in Covid-19 transmission after June 15th, but in the meantime all businesses and events below the “Mega Event” description will be allowed to operate under “business as normal” procedures. Outdoor events, like the fair, that estimate over 10,000 people to attend will recommend individuals to be tested and/or vaccinated.
The cancellation of summertime staples in 2020 such as open farm days and fairs last year, took an emotional toll as traditions were disrupted and opportunities to connect were missed, as well as a financial tool as these events often serve as a fundraiser for non-profits and a sales outlet for farmers and ranchers. Happily, this summer will see the return of many beloved community events - with some new modifications to ensure safety and comfortability.
One area taking advantage of the new COVID-19 protocols is Suisun Valley, a unique and diverse farming community in Solano County, northern California. Suisun Valley is bringing back their annual staple event, Passport Sunday on August 8th, featuring 12 different vineyards, food trucks, and more. This event is limited to 600 people, a decrease from their usual 1,000 person occupancy to ensure the safety of all people in attendance.
In San Luis Obispo, the SLO County Farm Trail will be showing off all that their region has to offer during their Open Farm Day on July 17th, including cider tasting, sachet making, and plenty of demos. Similarly, the Pleasant Valley Agriculture Association, an association of farmers in Vacaville, who have a collective interest in agriculture tourism and land preservation recently announced that 12 farms in the area will be participating in Open Farm Days on June 26th and 27th. These farms will be in compliance with the updated covid-19 standards and will be featuring products ranging from fresh honey, produce, and jams, and facilitating activities like farm tours and Alpaca feeding.
As agritourism operations and organizations navigate how to reopen safely and within their capacity, this summer will bring back a sense of normalcy with the return of many cherished agritourism events.
Allie Igwe: The Road to Success
The road to success is paved with soil microbial communities. And education, curiosity,...
UC Davis doctoral student Alexandria “Allie” Igwe has received a $138,000 National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on soil microbial communities and develop novel online tools to increase interest in ecology.
A Nematologist, Aquatic Entomologist and a Community Ecologist Walked Into...
Did you hear about the nematologist, aquatic entomologist and the community ecologist who walked...
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology hosted a holiday party at the International House, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Congratulations, Louie Yang, NACADA's Top Faculty Academic Advisor
Congratulations to community ecologist Louie Yang of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and...
Community ecologist Louie Yang is the recipient of an international award for his academic advising. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ash Zemenick: 'Do Flower Visitors Network with Floral Microbes?'
Have you ever thought about all those diverse pollinators you see foraging on flowers? Have you...
Flowers bloom at this high elevation meadow, which was community ecologist Ash Zemenick's field study site in the Tahoe National Forest. (Photo by Ash Zemenick)
The Tahoe National Forest backgrounds community ecologist Ash Zemenick's field study site. (Photo by Ash Zemenick)