October 11, 2016
What is in the VEGGIE BOX?
Arugula, Radishes, Peppers mixed colors, Eggplant, Yellow Onions, Chard, and Potatoes
What is in the FRUIT BOX? Apples, Pomegranate, and Raisins
NO DELIVERIES NEXT WEEK
OCTOBER 18 AND 22-we are taking our anniversary and fall break so there will not be any delivers the week of October 17th.
RED ALERT TO POTENTIAL LOSS OF OPEN SPACE IN DAVIS
UC Davis has announced in two recent versions of its Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) intentions to replace much or all of A-Street, Howard and Russell Fields (along 5th Street/Russell Boulevard) near the old football stadium Toomey Field, with parking lots, student housing, and academic or administrative buildings, and a large storm water detention basin where the remainder of Russell Field would have been, lowering the former field to 3 feet below grade. This would happen within the next 10 years.
I am writing as a member of the UC Davis family, a long time participant in the Davis Community asking the students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff and to others who love our campus and the University and the Davis community, to oppose the plan to build dorms and other buildings on the valuable open spaces on the fields bordering Russell Boulevard. I came to UC Davis so many years ago specifically because it was a small town and not a concrete city of high rises-I turned down the schools that were. The community green space that is open and used by the UC students, also the community, is more than playing fields it is the entrance to the town and is important to all. Even though my kids are not students, or living in the Davis community they use these fields and are part of the Ultimate community that uses these fields. Being a part of the Davis Farmers Market for the past 40 years this open space is the corridor to the downtown, it is inviting, giving space for families to enjoy on a Saturday morning that will then also come to the downtown and to the market. Having open space so close to downtown and to the university makes the inner city alive giving the feeling of a family oriented community which it is.
Concerned students and Davis citizens are organizing to oppose the destruction of these irreplaceable resources, and to protect them from future assaults. Please forward this email to your friends and neighbors and encourage to sign the two petitions and join our Citizens for Responsible Planning group at email@example.com. For more information contact: For information on what UCD’s LRDP is proposing see their website at: campustomorrow.ucdavis.edu, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ON-LINE PETITIONS-Please sign the first on-line petition asking UCD to build far more on-campus housing like other UC’s are doing since UCD is updating its Long Range Development Plan now. The link is at: https://www.change.org/p/rbsegar-ucdavis-edu-ucd-needs-to-provide-significantly-more-on-campus-housing-now-b2e9e2a8-79c9-46cf-888b-65730ea94366
THE LAST CROP film is FINISHED!!!!!
The film about our family farm and its preservation has been completed! This project was produced by New York Documentarian Chuck Schultz, who has spent the last 7 years filming our family farm. He captured our farm in all seasons, our kids in some of the major events of their lives, and us working the farm. It is about us and our family, and how this farm will be passed to the next generation, but really it is about the plight of the small family farms and what is happening to them around the world- who is going to farm the small family farm next and how will they afford to purchase their piece of land? We are all happy that it is complete and the first west coast showing will take place in Berkeley at the Brower Center
Free admission! We invite you to join us, and tell your Bay Area friends to join us too! To view the trailer and reserve your ticket visit www://thelastcropfilm.com/ or you can simply order your ticket at http://bit.ly/2dEpErf/
There will be a panel discussion with Dave Runsten from CAFF (Community Alliance for Family Farms) as moderator
Ø Andrea Davis-Cetina Quarter Acre Farm & National Young Farmers Coalition member who has lost 5 different leases over past 9 yrs
Ø Evan Wigg, Executive Director, Farmers Guild who has lost his lease and for now has stopped farming
Ø Kathryn Lyddan, Executive Director, Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust
We hope to see you in Berkeley on October 27!!!
This Week on the Farm
Now that all the crises of summer have passed, and the lingering sun and heavy air of autumn creates quieter times, the greatest gift of this, my favorite time of year, is the chance for reflection and a loosening of the stranglehold of the rational, analytical mind on my daily processes.
Let’s see, there is something about that date that I am supposed to remember. Well, Claire had her birthday yesterday, so that isn’t it. The Deputy Ag Commissioner is coming to inspect our fields today, but it feels homier than that. In celebration of the end of the hot days of summer, our kids (who are actually mature, capable adults, I keep reminding myself) got us a two night stay at a place outside of Nevada City for the tired and retired. Well, the tired anyway. Actually, I think they got it for our 41st anniversary which is….today. That’s it. Happy Anniversary, Annie. Let’s work through the day and take a little bit of time this evening, perhaps you and I can meet for a dinner at a quiet spot? After 41 years, we have both contributed so much to each other’s lives that it is hard to separate anything that might have happened without the other. All that time together has amplified each other’s contribution and maintained a sense of shared vision, but it has also meant that whenever we look up the other partner is reliably there. Seldom has there been an empty chair across the way. As we go along through the years, of course we take that occupied chair for granted, and only a pause to reflect will let us remember that that chair is filled with a person also fighting their own inner battles, finding their own way through a tumultuous and intense living, and with a fated life that ultimately is so different than our own. And in those reflective moments I get to see a small portion of Annie as herself, see the beauty created in the face, the body, the spirit of a 41 year career well lived in service to her children, her husband, her people, and the world around her. I can tell you this has seldom been easy, and that only a few can be said to be truly suited to perform what she has done. I believe that, as we enter a time of diminishing physical capabilities, I will be able to enjoy the view of that constantly etched and delineated mind, body and spirit in the chair across the way.
Speaking of reflection, I got into a crash on my run to San Francisco last Friday morning. In all my years of driving tired and bleary to the Bay Area, I have not had a crash on I-80. I have switched from driving in the late night to driving in the early morning as the freeway has become more congested and the drivers more frantic. But not much can save you from a moment’s inattention. I have probably driven over a million miles in my career, and while stopped in an over long eastbound Carquinez Bridge toll plaza line at 6:30 in the morning, I was rear ended by a pickup driven by a retired long-time trucker, probably with several million miles to his credit. The impact shoved me into the car in front of me and we all emerged from our vehicles and watched the traffic whiz by in the middle of the bridge span. My car, with damage front and back, was towed off the bridge and eventually towed home. The others, with less damage, drove away. Might have made the morning traffic report, but no big shucks. I phoned Annie not to worry, missed my much anticipated breakfast, and reflected, riding with that trucker, on how glade I was to be there. But the thought wouldn’t stick, and neither did much else as I wandered through the rest of the day, working alright, but not really there. It is best characterized by the feeling I remember getting on the day my Mom died. I remember walking around that day wondering why everyone else in town was carrying on as if nothing had happened. A very disconnected feeling. The next day it was gone, I enjoyed a good breakfast, a day of good work and the world reconnected. What lingers is a real enjoyment of being able to be here with you today. Enjoy the box, the fruit of a 41 year collaboration and experiential learning process!! Jeff