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Vacaville Public Library offers gardening classes

Vacaville Public Library offers gardening classes

Vacaville Public Library offers gardening classes
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Now that there is apparently an end to the rainy season, the Vacaville Public Library is inviting the public to get back into their gardens. The library offers a free monthly series of gardening classes hosted by the Master Gardeners of Solano County ...

Net Zero Community Being Built For College

Net Zero Community Being Built For College

The largest planned net zero energy development in the nation is about to be unveiled this fall on the campus of the University of California in Davis, California. The UC Davis West Village is the product of a ...

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'Birds, Berries & Bouquets' to celebrate Yolo land conservation May 22

'Birds, Berries & Bouquets' to celebrate Yolo land conservation May 22

WOODLAND - The Yolo Land Trust announces its spring event, "Birds, Berries & Bouquets," a Sunday afternoon celebration of the conservation work of the Yolo Land Trust. This fundraiser will be held May 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Hedgerow Farms, located at County Roads 88 and 27, in Yolo County. Tickets are $30.

Sustainable chicken housing focus of new UC Davis study

Sustainable chicken housing focus of new UC Davis study

DAVIS - The University of California, Davis, and Michigan State University have received $6 million from the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply to support research on the sustainability of laying hen housing in the United States.

The first study of its kind, the three-year "CSES Laying Hen Housing Research Project" will explore the interactions and tradeoffs among food safety, worker safety, environmental impact, hen health and welfare, and food affordability aspects of three different housing systems. Information generated by the research is expected to help egg purchasers and producers make objective, science-based decisions as the egg industry evolves in response to consumer needs and desires.

The goal of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply is to evaluate the viability of various laying hen housing systems.

June 22 tire recycling event cancelled

June 22 tire recycling event cancelled

WOODLAND -  The Yolo County Department of Planning & Public Works, Division of Integrated Waste Management hosted its first 2010/11 free tire recycling event, through a grant funded by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), in October of 2010.  Five events have been held since with a total of 6,368 tires collected. Due to strong participation in these events, grant funds which sustain this program have been depleted. Therefore, the tire recycling event scheduled for June 22 has been cancelled.

“We want to thank those who have participated this year in the tire recycling program for properly disposing of their tires,” said Yolo County Board of Supervisors Chair Matt Rexroad.  “These events provide Yolo County residents with a means of free and proper disposal of waste tires that can pose fire, health and environmental risks.

May is Bike Month in Davis!

May is Bike Month in Davis!

DAVIS - The month of May is Bike Month in Davis. The citizens of Davis and the entire region are part of a Million Mile May challenge to use bicycles to commute and run errands. By registering at: www.mayisbikemonth.com you can log your miles, win free prizes and track the number of pounds of CO2 and other pollutants that are prevented from entering the atmosphere as a result of people riding more than 1 million bicycle miles in the Sacramento region.

Check out all the great bike events in Davis during May is Bike Month!

*May at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame
303 3rd Street (corner of 3rd and B Streets)
Every Wednesday and Saturday in May. Hours of operation are: Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.

Whole Earth Festival takes place May 6-8 at UC Davis

Whole Earth Festival takes place May 6-8 at UC Davis

DAVIS - UC Davis will host its 42nd Annual Whole Earth Festival this weekend, May 6-8 in the Quad on campus. The events theme "Consciousness, Cultivating, Compassion," highlights the drive to ensure as little waste as possible is generated during the festival in efforts to preserve the environment.

The mission of the event is to create a community driven festival of education, music and art while cultivating organic produce grown from gardens into tasty, nutritional meals to feed volunteers, staff and performers. Festival goers will be provided with information about how frugality and ecological sustainability come hand in hand, and we should be careful with the resources we create and consume.

For more information, visit the festival's website at http://wef.uc.davis.edu.