Category Archives: Farming

Glean SLO

Glean SLO

We had an opportunity to support a worthy cause recently that helps support the local food pantries of San Luis Obispo County.

GleanSLO is a collaborative program of the San Luis Obispo Food Bank Coalition.  Their mission is to rescue (harvest) excess crops that cannot be harvested due to economics or weather conditions.  This is a win win situation for everyone involved; the volunteers can create partnerships and create harvesting events to support their community, the farmer’s excess produce goes to good use, and the food banks benefit from receiving the crops so that needy families are supported.  The program has recovered about 90,000 pounds of local, fresh produce over the last two years.

USDA Finalizes New Microloan Programs for Small Farmers

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Yay!  More money for more small farms!  We’re hoping more pop-up around Central California so we can eat all that fresh new food!

Greener Restaurants Grow Their Own Food

Gardening

Organic gardening takes time and effort and doing it successfully requires a passion and an investment of time that not every one has.  If you are looking to source local ingredients, but don’t have the space, time, or climate to do so successfully, contact local farmers and build relationships that will still save you money on food costs and allow you to make your meals more sustainable.  You might also settle on a combination of both methods, like growing herbs that are easy to tend to such as basil or cilantro while sourcing other ingredients that may require more effort and space, at local farmers markets.

Save The Seeds!

Saving Seeds
We save seeds for a number of reasons…whether they be for sustainability practices, saving money, or emergency events that allows us to live on our own food without depending on anyone else. But overall, the feeling that you get from watching your plant grow from saved seed to vegetable is one of the most gratifying feelings out there. It makes you truly appreciate every bite you eat. When you get a chance, check out these seven reasons why to save your seeds.

A Feast for the Turkeys, Not of Them

Farm Sanctuary

We’re not going to lie, for our Thanksgiving we roasted a free range turkey to feast on dinner. But it’s nice to know that others celebrated a little differently. Farm Sanctuary, the largest farm animal rescue organization in the country, held its annual “Celebration for the Turkeys” in Acton, California, where guests got to meet rescued animals, feed rescued turkeys, and listen to guest speakers while enjoying a vegan holiday feast.

 

A Trip to Mt. Olive Farm in Paso Robles

Mt. Olive Organic Farm

Just this last week, all of us at Cambria Soup Company enjoyed the fall weather at Mt. Olive Organic Farm. They are an all organic farm based out of the Central Coast in Paso Robles. We love stopping by anytime because they have a store that offers their organic olive oils, spreads, dried fruits, fresh juice, spices and amazingly diverse span of other goodies worth trying as well as their new menu of home cooked food.  

California Dairy Farmers Suffering Massive Losses

California Dairy Farmers Suffering Massive Losses

We’ve definitely been having some of the hottest days we’ve ever experienced here on the coast…never realized how drastically it was affecting so many different lives.  Organic Authority describes how the recent drought is causing major losses for a lot of California Dairy Farmers.