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Kids are the farmers at this novel school market

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Their backpacks brimming with chard, the smiling students at Waggoner Elementary School in Winters, California are some of the happiest farmers market shoppers I’ve seen. Each Tuesday, the kids line up after school to “shop” at this innovative market provided by the Yolo Food Bank. It’s another way to help children in the county — 65 percent of whom are eligible for free and reduced-price meals — have access to nutritious fresh…

Rocking Chair Farm

Always a festival at San Luis Obispo farmers market

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Midweek evenings can be quiet in the downtown shopping corridor of many towns, but that’s certainly not the case in San Luis Obispo on Thursdays. Five blocks of Higuera Street are closed to traffic, allowing crowds of pedestrians to enjoy a thriving farmers market and food vendors galore. Students from Cal Poly — the nickname of California Polytechnic State University, one of the nation’s premier agricultural schools — help keep the atmosphere…

Santa Monica’s model farmers markets inspire culinary creativity

Santa Monica’s model farmers markets inspire culinary creativity

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An early entry to the farmers market movement in the early 1980s, the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers Market retains its title as one of California’s best. Year-round on Wednesday mornings, stroll down Arizona Avenue between 4th Street and Ocean Avenue in the seaside province and you’ll see everyone from chefs and produce buyers to office workers and retirees loading their larders for the coming week, many with large bouquets of…

Yisrael Family urban farm seeds a ‘homegrown revolution’ in Sacramento

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Drive down Roosevelt street in the Sacramento neighborhood of Oak Park, and you’d never guess that the modest homestead facing an elementary school is headquarters to a revolution. No, it’s not really a political action. Rather, Chanowk Yisrael’s “Homegrown Revolution” is a revolt against ignorance and isolation and a stand for self-sufficiency and hope — in the garden. How so? Actually, the mission of the Yisrael Family Farm is to “educate,…