Welcome to Farming in the Foothills!
There is a thriving community of small farmers and ranchers here in the Sierra foothills, and we are excited that you are a part of it!
In the late 1800's and the first half of the 1900's, the Sierra foothills had a booming agricultural sector. Produce was exported nationwide and overseas. Competition from valley growers and advances in packing and shipping technologies contributed to a steep decline of farming in the foothills during the second half of the twentieth century.
In the last decade, agriculture has made a comeback due to a burgeoning local food movement and renewed interest in farming and ranching. Many small-scale, diversified farms produce high quality tree and vine fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamental plants for local markets. Local ranches raise cattle, sheep, goats, and a variety of poultry for local consumption.
While overall agricultural acreage declines, the small farm community is growing. Acreage of mandarins, winegrapes, ornamentals, as well as direct market vegetables and flowers is slowly increasing and new farmers and ranchers are joining the ranks each season. UC Cooperative Extension is dedicated to supporting the agricultural community and helping it grow and thrive through a variety of educational and community building programs.
Added February 26, 2014
I am beginning to think it is never going to rain again. I have to admit, I really was enjoying the dry warm weather in November. As usual, I was behind schedule on the farm and the dry weather allowed me to catch up on my late plantings of onions, shallots, and fava beans. November came and went, dry as a bone, and then December happened. When we got that little rainstorm on December 6th, I...
Added February 21, 2014
Have you ever had the thought: “My farm could be more profitable if only I could hire more Me's?” There might be some truth to this statement. No one is more qualified or motivated to work on your farm than you (let's hope). You have knowledge of the land, the crops you're growing/livestock you're raising, irrigation and fertility needs, etc. As a farm owner, you have developed...
Added January 24, 2014
This morning, I awoke to another depressingly beautiful January day - clear skies and an expected high temperature here in Auburn of close to 70 degrees. I say depressing, because we should be in the midst of our rainy season here - but since December 1, we've measured less than one inch of precipitation. And there doesn't look to be much moisture in our future, either - a long...
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