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Ecology Ain’t Pretty, Part Two

In last week’s newsletter I talked about beneficial insects and how they control certain pests on farms — an illustration of how evolution works to fill ecological niches.  Ladybugs, for example, thrive on aphids. If you’ll forgive the comparison, humans … Continue reading

Ecology Ain’t Pretty

Beneficial insects are bugs that eat or otherwise kill bugs that damage crops.  Ladybugs are perhaps the most famous beneficial insect –  young ladybugs (technically, larvae) in particular are fast-moving, quick-growing ravenous eaters.  They eat aphids like teenage boys snarfing … Continue reading

A Day with No Sunshine

A strange thing happened in the Sacramento Valley yesterday.  I’m not speaking specifically about the light rain that fell several times between sunrise and sunset.  While it’s not very common, it’s not unheard of.  Actually, it’s happened so many times … Continue reading

Well, well, well

Inside a house, there is a bucket next to the sink and another next to each shower.  A bowl in the sink catches every drop of water used to wash dishes and is then emptied into the bucket.  In the … Continue reading

What is Killing the Walnuts?

Dear (Contact First Name),   A monoculture is an agricultural system that depends primarily or entirely on a single crop.  In theory, monocultures are widely acknowledged to be a bad idea, susceptible to any number of threats:  price crashes, devastating … Continue reading

Flower Power

Tomatoes have one of the most delicate flowers imaginable.  Tiny and frail, it must withstand the elements for long enough to pollinate.  (Tomatoes do not require bees for pollination, although bumble bees do frequent the flowers)  Wind, either cold or … Continue reading

Agritourism vs. Pyrotourism

Most people who come to visit Winters, California, where Terra Firma is located, come for our cute rustic downtown area with its handful of wineries and eateries, often on their way to Lake Berryessa just to the west. But long … Continue reading

Box Upsizing this week. Happy July 4th!

Important:  Please note that your CSA box is larger this week.  We moved all the boxes up a size to accomodate the first watermelons of the year.  Check the label before taking a box! We have grown and packed you … Continue reading

Wherefore Art Though, Water Bond?

This week our elected officials in the State Capitol once again played kick-the-can on one of the biggest issues facing our state:  the future of our water supply.  There had been hopes that politicians could cobble together a bond proposal … Continue reading

Terra Firma at your Doorstep?

When we started packing CSA boxes — just one size — and delivering them in 1994, we were just the second farm with drop sites in San Francisco and one of a handful in the East Bay and Sacramento.  For … Continue reading

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Ecology Ain’t Pretty, Part Two

In last week’s newsletter I talked about beneficial insects and how they control certain pests on farms — an illustration of how evolution works to fill ecological niches.  Ladybugs, for example, thrive on aphids. If you’ll forgive the comparison, humans … Continue reading

Ecology Ain’t Pretty

Beneficial insects are bugs that eat or otherwise kill bugs that damage crops.  Ladybugs are perhaps the most famous beneficial insect –  young ladybugs (technically, larvae) in particular are fast-moving, quick-growing ravenous eaters.  They eat aphids like teenage boys snarfing … Continue reading