Monday, March 19, 2012

World Water Day, Cool Davis Initiative and YERT the film

As World Water Day approaches we decided to play a piece from March 2010 where Dani interviewed Alexa La Plante from the Sacramento committee of Water for People. Alexa talked about the numerous water issues both locally and globally that impact our health and our environment. She shared what Water for People is working on to raise awareness and provide clean drinking water for people throughout the world.

We felt that this was also timely with the release of the report Addressing Nitrate in California's Drinking Water by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. The report states that "Nitrate contamination is widespread and increasing. Groundwater data show that 57% of the current population in the study area (Tulare Basin and Salinas Valley) use a community public water system with recorded raw (untreated) nitrate concentrations that have exceeded the MCL at least once between 2006 and 2010. Continued basin-wide trends in nitrate groundwater concentration may raise the affected population to nearly 80% by 2050. Most of this population is protected by water system treatment, or alternative wells, at additional cost. But about 10% of the current population is at risk of nitrate contamination in their delivered drinking water, primarily in small systems and self-supplied households."

Also on the show we had Chris Granger from the Cool Davis Initiative come and talk about their work to help the community reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and change behavior towards a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. One upcoming project, starting on April 1, is with the Cool California Challenge where 10 cities in California are competing to be the "coolest" city measured in terms of household energy efficiency and transportation. To learn more and to register in the Cool California Challenge as an individual or as a household, go to the website:

The Cool Davis Initiative is hosting the screening of the film YERT: Your Environmental Roadtrip tomorrow night at the Veteran's Memorial Theater at 6:15pm. To reserve a ticket go here:

We played music by Amadou & Mairam, Cesaria Evora and Sly & The Family Stone. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fresh SPIN Farm and the UC Davis Student Farm

We visited Fresh SPIN Farms back in February to learn more about their farm and to check out their Buddha's hand citrus tree! Cat Callaway, the farm manager, showed us around and shared the principles of SPIN farming. They have a CSA and hope to have more events on the farm. Check out their website for more info:

We also spoke with Edwina King, a graduate student who works at the UC Davis Student Farm, to find out what's happening as they transition from winter to spring crops. If you would like to volunteer or intern on the student farm you can! Just go and talk to the folks working at the farm, they are out there Monday-Friday from 8am-12pm. Check out their website to learn more:

Upcoming Events:

Wed. March 14: Climate Refugees (film)  6:30-9pm, room 3001 PES, UC Davis  FREE

Tues. March 20: YERT: Your Environmental RoadTrip (film) Veteran's Memorial 203 E. 14th St. Davis CA. 6:15pm meet the producer Mark Dixon, film starts at 7pm. Suggested donation $5-20. 

Watch the trailer here and check out their website:

Fri. April 13: 2nd Annual SSA Barn Dance! 

Music on today's show: Portugal the Man, Culture, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and the Wailing Jennys.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Preserving American Farmland, One Farm at a Time

Update: The Last Crop Film and One Farm at a Time Project. 
Farmers Jeff and Annie Main, from Good Humus Produce, have been working for over 10 years to ensure their land will continue to be farmed and managed organically after they retire.

The One Farm at a Time project gives community members the opportunity to invest in the future of the farms and farmers that provide their food. Jeff and Annie's farm, Good Humus Produce, located in Capay, CA, is the first family farm the project aims to preserve.

Film maker, Chuck Schultz, from BluePrint Productions and local farmer, Annie Main, join us to talk about Chuck's new film, The Last Crop, which delves into the nation-wide issue of an aging farmer population, farm succession and transition. 

The Agricultural Sustainability Institute hosted a free public screening of The Last Crop film, still a work in progress, followed by a panel presentation on Thursday, February 9th at UC Davis. View a trailer of the film here!

Panelists covered in today's show include, in order of appearance:
- Annie Main, Good Humus Produce
- Chuck Schultz, BluePrint Producitons
- Jeff Main, Good Humus Produce
- Edward Thompson, Jr, American Farmland Trust
- Melanie Madden, Davis Food Co-op 
- Rich Leavy, Full Belly Farm
- Jennifer Taylor, Center for Landbased Learning

To learn more about preserving American farmland, visit American Farmland Trust. To learn more about connecting beginning farmers in California to opportunities on existing farmland, visit California Farm Link.

March 5th was a day of action across the nation!
- Sac Bee: Protestors begin march on California Capitol
- Publix humiliation: Workers, students fasting for fair food

This week's show featured Chris Dorman, Sufjan Stevens, Sandrine Kibertain, Les Escrocs, Te Vaka and Barefoot.

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