farming

Interview: A rancher fights for her farm

Jun 4, 2015
Morgan Schmidt-Feng

Ranching and farming are not easy ways to make a living. Nancy Prebilich knows just how hard it is. During the recent recession, she fought to save her family’s fifth-generation Sonoma County farm from foreclosure. A new documentary screening at the 14th annual San Francisco DocFest this weekend followed Prebilich over the course of the recent five-year recession, as she struggled to keep Gleason Ranch afloat. 

Dry farming: a technique for a water scarce future

Apr 27, 2015
Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis, 2014

 

Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown stepped up to a podium in a dry, grassy field in Eastern California. He took a deep breath, and made a landmark statement.

"We’re in a historic drought, and that demands unprecedented action. It’s for that reason that I’m issuing an executive order demanding substantial water reduction across our state."

CUESA, the Urban Agriculture Alliance and the SF-Marin Food Bank recently hosted Your Food, Your Vote, a food-focused forum with State Assembly District 17 candidates David Chiu and David Campos.

 

Fracking: a small town deals with big oil

May 1, 2014
Under CC license from Flickr user Public Herald

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years. As politicians try to figure out how to conserve more water, many have began pointing fingers at fracking for using large amounts of water. Fracking is the process that involves pumping water and chemicals under high pressure in order to release oil trapped in rock. They argue that fracking not only uses up water, but also poses risks to the state’s natural resources.

The Central Valley, a large swatch of California between the coast and the Sierra mountains, was until recently, in a state of emergency. The region was in a long drought. The recession didn’t help. People were hungry.