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California Farm Academy

Small farmers discover the hands-on secret to success at farm academy

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A farmer shares his love of the land with his young son. Photos: Kristi Garrett  The small, niche farm is not dead, thanks to an innovative training program for newbie and would-be growers at the Center for Land-Based Learning. The California Farm Academy is a seven-month program that provides an intensive overview of what it takes to succeed as a small farmer. It’s held part time at the Center’s farm…

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,…

Zucchini blossoms

Napa Farmers Market: celebrity chef-worthy produce

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Before grabbing a gourmet breakfast or taking that first taste of wine in California’s premier wine country, make a stop at the Napa Farmers Market. You’ll find ample parking at 500 First Street (next to Oxbow Public Market) in the historic district of Napa. The certified farmers market runs from May through October on Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. The Napa summer mornings are quite delightful,…

Andrew Whitcomb, Colonie chef

Brooklyn’s Colonie restaurant bursts with farm-to-table flair

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As you walk into Brooklyn’s Colonie restaurant, you’re welcomed into a serene space accented with exposed brick, reclaimed barn wood and a green wall practically exploding with live greens. It’s a serene space totally removed from the chaos of Atlantic Avenue. The menu at this “farm-to-table” restaurant is determined by what farmers have to offer. Chef Andrew Whitcomb, who has been in charge of Colonie’s kitchen for the past year,…

Soil Born Farms stand

Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms is a community affair that grows more than food

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Nestled between the American River and a cozy residential neighborhood, Sacramento’s Soil Born Farms is more than just a field of squash and kale. It’s one of a new breed of nonprofit agricultural enterprises, devoted to teaching community members where their food comes from, how to grow it, and best of all, how to enjoy it. All sustainably, of course. Attracted by the Saturday morning farm stand, residents stream in—some…