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Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

Fruit Tree Care Class February 6

The winter months are the optimal time to care for your fruit trees and help them stay healthy throughout the year.  Join the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency at the Hanna & Herbert Bauer Memorial Community Garden on Saturday, February 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a hands-on fruit tree care class in the garden’s orchard.

This class will be a taught by a UC Master Gardener of Yolo County.  Participants will learn proper fruit tree training and pruning techniques to optimize tree health and fruit yield, will get tips on how to select bare root fruit trees, and will learn about ideal timing for fruit tree planting and care.  Gloves and shoes that can get dirty are recommended.

The class is free to all but pre-registration is required by February 5.  To register, contact Robin Rocksvold at (530) 666-8528 or robin.rocksvold@yolocounty.org

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Dining news: San Francisco seafood restaurant opening in Midtown

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Yolo County Receives USDA Grant to Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

Yolo County Receives USDA Grant to Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

The Yolo County Agriculture Department’s farm to school program is one of 74 projects, spanning 39 states, receiving support this year from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.  Yolo County’s project received a $93,500 grant which will impact 35,000 students in five Yolo County School districts, including Woodland, Esparto, Davis, West Sacramento and River Delta.

Inspiration for a Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Inspiration for a Very Vegan Thanksgiving

Alice K. Thompson

Vegan Pumpkin Pecan Pie

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Tis’ the Season to Join Yolo County Library’s “Food for Fines” Program

Tis’ the Season to Join Yolo County Library’s “Food for Fines” Program

The Yolo County Library is offering a new “Food for Fines” program this holiday season that allows library card holders who donate one food item to also clear $1 from their Yolo County Library overdue fines.  There is no limit to the number of donations and no limit to the reduction in fines cardholders can receive. 

All Yolo County Library cardholders can donate food from November 15 through December 15 at the circulation desk of any Yolo County Library location.  Donated items will be given to the Yolo Food Bank to feed the hungry this winter.  Suggested donations include the following:

Yolo County Helps New Food Business Get Grant and Serve Local Farms

Yolo County Helps New Food Business Get Grant and Serve Local Farms

With assistance from the Yolo County Department of Agriculture and a USDA grant, Yolo County is now home to Preserve Farm Kitchens, a small batch, private label co-pack facility that helps farms of all sizes take raw product and turn it into shelf-stable, value-added foods.

Preserve Farm Kitchens is the brainchild of Merrilee Olson, a long-time food entrepreneur. She recognized farms could be more profitable if they had the means to sell the whole field and all grades of product.  To do so, farms would need a home for the less-than-perfect products (not fit for the shelf as is) that could be made into other products, i.e. jams, jellies, salsas, hummus, shrubs, etc.