Post Tagged with: "Farming"

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

October 14, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

RUTHERFORD >> The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of theRead More

"A portrait of Rudy Mussi, a Stockton farmer and "senior" water right holder under California's byzantine water rights law, at one of his water pumps at Middle River that he uses for irrigation, on May 19, 2015, in Stockton Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)"

California drought: Farmers’ ‘senior’ water rights under siege

June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

STOCKTON — A 143-year-old piece of paper proves that Rudy Mussi has a legal right to water from the gently meandering Middle River that nourishes his family farm. But the same piece of paper — a “certificate of purchase,” signed in florid 19th-century handwriting and faded to near illegibility —Read More

How drought, new water restrictions are forcing Inland Empire farmers to change

How drought, new water restrictions are forcing Inland Empire farmers to change

April 3, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

As demand for local produce grows, farmers across the region are making changes as water is limited and conservation is mandated. “It’s very much a topic of conversation on our tours,” said Melissa Castaneda, an educational program director at Amy’s Farm in Ontario. “We want to squeeze in as muchRead More

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

December 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm Comments are Disabled

DUCOR — Here in the produce basket of the nation, the drought so dried out the farm economy that farmworkers depend on charity to fill their pantries. These are the human faces of the diminished winter harvests: Manuel Avila, Jorge Rivera, Adriana Garcia, Jessica Yanez, Salud Santacruz and more thanRead More