As a way to promote the Harvest Hub Yolo website, the Yolo County Department of Agriculture will feature two training sessions using a county computer lab to teach growers and consumers how to post and purchase products from the site. The trainings are open to anyone interested in using the food hub.
When: Monday, May 13th, 9 - 11 AM & 2 - 4 PM
Where: Esparto Room, Yolo County Department of Employment & Social Services, 25 North Cottonwood, Woodland, CA 95695
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With schools looking to incorporate more fresh local produce into their menus, opportunities exist for local farmers to expand their markets. Please join the Yolo County Department of Agriculture for a morning of discussions exploring this topic. The day will include panelists Thaddeus Barsotti of Farm Fresh to You/Capay Organic, discussing a grower aggregation model, food service director, RC Curva of Davis Joint Unified School District, and many more industry members. The workshop should shed light on the process of moving your crop to school lunches. Please contact
with any questions.
April 4th, 2013
March 14th, 8am - 4pm
Pleasant Grove, California
Consumers value fresh local produce, but above all, they want to trust in the quality and safety of the products they buy. That is why the produce marketing association (PMA), the trade organization supporting the fresh produce supply chain, Sysco Corporation, Freshpoint, Raley's Supermarkets, Taylor Farms, and HarvestMark have joined forces to develop and deliver a series of one-day programs uniquely tailored to help local growers explore the challenges of implementing a company food safety plan, meet the requirements of various customers, and above all, protect your business and bottom line.
Through hands-on demonstrations and discussions with experts, you will leave with the tools you need to build your own customized food safety program, based upon your specific business model.
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Dunne on Wine: Seka Hills 2010
Special to The Bee
Published Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
The clubhouse at Yocha Dehe Golf Club is stocked with all the requisite gear to ruin the perfectly beautiful day outside – balls, tees, sets of clubs not yet tarnished by clumsy swings and frustrated hopes.
Off to one side is a display of something you don't often see for sale in a clubhouse: bottles of wine, vinegar and olive oil bearing the label Seka Hills. It's as if someone in charge had looked at the broad, lush fairways and thought, "Picnic!"
Seka Hills is the brand of Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation Farm and Ranch. While Yocha Dehe is best known as the tribe responsible for building Cache Creek Casino Resort and its eponymous golf course in the remote rolling hills of
Of the tribe's 11,000 acres, nearly 1,400 is being farmed to such crops as alfalfa, almonds, walnuts, sunflowers, asparagus, strawberries and wheat, with 250 of the acres certified organic. The tribe's farmers run 250 head of cattle, and tend 82 acres of arbequina olives, for which a high-tech 14,000-square-foot olive mill was recently christened just across Highway 16 from its Cache Creek Casino Resort.
They also oversee 15 acres of wine grapes, some directly in front of the casino resort, some climbing the same slopes occupied by the 18 fairways of Yocha Dehe Golf Club nestled into the hills flanking the gaming complex.
The tribe began to release wines last year. Its current lineup includes an exceptionally spicy and persistent 2010 viognier and a lush and lively 2011 rosé of syrah.
When we stopped by the clubhouse when an introductory tasting of the wines was under way not long ago, the most impressive release was the Seka Hills Wines 2010 Capay Valley Tuluk'a, a blended red whose high notes of various red fruits were punctuated with peppery spice. Both the tannins and the oak were restrained, letting the refreshing fruit continue to sing uninterrupted through the wine's long and caressing finish.
"Tuluk'a" translates as "red" from the tribe's native Patwin language. "Seka" translates as "blue," inspired by the Blue Ridge range along the western edge of
The 2010 Tuluk'a is a blend of 50 percent syrah, 45 percent cabernet sauvignon, 3 percent cabernet franc and 2 percent petit verdot.
The blending of cabernet sauvignon with syrah is a practice on the rise among
Blake Kuhn, the winemaker for Seka Hills, says it's all about compatibility. Both cabernet sauvignon and syrah are most closely identified with
"For hundreds of years in
In his perspective, the cabernet sauvignon and syrah being grown in
Kuhn made the Seka Hills wines at Revolution Wines in
Yocha Dehe's 15 acres of wine grapes are devoted to syrah, petite sirah, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot. Whether the tribe will put in additional blocks of grapes remains to be seen.
"As sales increase, we will make decisions about what to plant," Etters said.
"We have locations designated, but we are a ways from pulling the trigger."
Though wine grapes have been cultivated in the region since the 19th century, the area's low-profile hills, Mediterranean climate and varied soils – clay, river rock, volcanic ash – have yet to be exploited industriously. Only in the past decade was
Seka Hills Wines 2010
Tuluk'a Capay Valley
By the numbers: 14.5 percent alcohol, 550 cases, $15/$17.
Context: The wine's fresh, easygoing fruit and supple tannins make it an ideal companion for winter pastas and for vegetarian fare based on beans and hearty seasonal greens.
Availability: In addition to the clubhouse of Yocha Dehe Golf Club, the 2010 Tuluk'a is stocked by Nugget Markets in
More information: Seka Hills Wines has no tasting room, but its wines often can be tasted at RootStock, 22 Main St., Winters, 6-8 p.m. Fridays.
2012 Census of Agriculture Underway – Respond Now
For many farmers across the nation, this is the time of year to finish paperwork after a busy harvest season and look towards planning for next year. This makes it a perfect time to also fill out and return your 2012 Census of Agriculture form.
The Census of Agriculture is sent to all farmers and ranchers only once every five years by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Taking part in the Census of Agriculture is increasingly important to
Companies, cooperatives, planners and lawmakers who serve
The Census provides producers an opportunity to help shape farm programs, boost rural services and grow their farm future. Businesses and producers review Census data when determining where to establish or expand their operations, and even when looking for locations they can go to purchase or supply locally-produced food and agricultural products – all examples that emphasize the importance of responding and providing accurate Census information.
All producers should receive their Census form in the mail by early January and must respond by February 4, 2013. Farmers can return their forms by mail or online by visiting a secure website, www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census and requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential.
For more information about the Census, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call 1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828). The Census of Agriculture is your voice, your future, your responsibility.
Dear Beginning Farmers and Friends of Agriculture,
The California Farm Academy is having an Informational Session Tuesday October 30th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm for people interested in learning more about our nine-month farmer training course and also our farm incubator program.
Serious about becoming a farmer? Know someone who is? Then join us next Tuesday evening to meet the Director, some of our last session's graduates and guest speakers, and learn more about our schedule and curriculum.
Join us from 5:30 - 7:00 pm at:
The Center for Land-Based Learning
5265 Putah Creek Road
Winters, CA 95694
We look forward to meeting you and answering questions you may have about our farmer training and incubator programs. You can also find information and apply online at: http://www.californiafarmacademy.org/ or call us at (530) 795-4146.
California Farm Academy applications are due November 9th or until the program is filled. Classes start January 29, 2013.
Come grow with us!