Monthly Archives: October 2010

Legends of the road, revisited

Friday evening we took part in San Francisco’s Critical Mass – an impromptu mass bike ride through the city with a Halloween theme! Despite the soggy weather thousands of cyclists turned out in various stages of fancy dress, and some … Continue reading

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A seed worth saving…

Anyone that has seen the movie Food Inc. will be familiar with some of the issues surrounding saving seed on commercial farms. It’s a complex topic that I’m going to delve briefly into, and hope to learn more about as … Continue reading

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Proposition 23 – an update

As election day looms closer, an article in Grist reported this week  that the polls are showing a majority of Californians reject Proposition 23 – that I wrote about a couple of weeks back. Apparently inter-faith leaders, university academics, prominent … Continue reading

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Mixing with Mendocino’s young farmers

We had the good fortune to come across the Greenhorns’ Young Farmer Mixer event in Redwood Valley, California while we were in the (vague) area. After an epic effort up hill and down dale we made it to Frey Vineyards … Continue reading

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Welcome to San Francisco!

Twelve farm/food project visits, 1530 miles and 66 days after arriving in Vancouver we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco. For the 15 or so miles before the bridge, winding our way through the hills and valleys of … Continue reading

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Pasture farming

Whilst on location at Mossback Farm I had the good fortune to open a book called ‘All Flesh is Grass’ by Gene Logsdon. It’s essentially about pasture farming. Logsdon maintains that pasture farming is perfect on small farms for people … Continue reading

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Lumbering giants

The north Californian coast is home to the earth’s tallest (and some of the oldest) living trees. The Sequoias, or Coast Redwoods, are between five and 13 centuries old and have witnessed the settlement of the region by Indian tribes, … Continue reading

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In the cafe in Point Arena I saw a headline in a local paper, “Only 11 shopping days to Halloween to find your perfect costume.” As we know Halloween in England is a pale relation of the American version but … Continue reading

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An Ode to cycling in Oregon

Tempting though it is to attempt to convey my thoughts through the medium of verse, I shall refrain and stick to plain prose. The 400+ miles of coast we pedaled through the state of Oregon (plus several side trips) were … Continue reading

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New Arrival

I joined Ned and Charlotte in a town called Willetts after a train and a bus ride north from San Francisco. I have to point out I am Ned’s Mum, so I would say it’s exceptionally big-hearted of the two … Continue reading

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