Homeless resume vigil outside Salinas city hall

The Salinas Californian, February 2013

After a four-day hiatus, around 14 members of Salinas’ homeless population and their advocates resumed their vigil in front of city hall Friday night. The demonstrators say the move is in response to city officials’ inaction following last week’s sweep of homeless encampments in Salinas’ Chinatown.

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Forget the groundhog, weather expert says

The Salinas Californian, February 2013

For more than 125 years, the world has held its collective breath every Feb. 2 as a six-pound rodent from Punxsutawney, Pa., predicts the weather. While Punxsutawney Phil has gained a national celebrity usually reserved for television stars, real weather experts say the groundhog’s predictions are hogwash.

Ag experts in Pacific Grove promote cover crops

The Salinas Californian, January 2013

Two local agriculture gurus presented on the challenges of cover crops to a packed room of organic farmers Friday at the EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove. Cover cropping is a practice where specially chosen crops are planted during the off-season to help revitalize a field’s soil. At the end of the season, the cover crops are chopped down or, in the case of non-organic farming, killed with herbicide to release the gathered nutrients back into the soil.

Sustainable farming fans to gather for EcoFarm 2013 in Pacific Grove

The Salinas Californian, January 2013

More than 1,500 ecology-minded farmers, marketers and activists from across the country will gather next week at the 33rd EcoFarm Conference in Pacific Grove with a goal of promoting fair and sustainable farming systems. The yearly event of workshops, lectures and social gatherings is put on by the nonprofit Ecological Farming Association.

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Fort Ord National Monument wins environmental award

The Salinas Californian, January 2013

The natural beauty and dedicated volunteers at the Fort Ord National Monument were recognized this week by The Wilderness Society, which presented the 15,000-acre nature preserve with a CAPE award for excellence in the conservation of public land.

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