Food & Farm News
August 27, 2014
Napa grape harvest recovers after quake
The winegrape harvest has been returning to normal in the Napa Valley after the serious earthquake on Sunday. Farmers and wineries say they continue to assess damage. For example, farmers will be checking drip-irrigation systems and wells in their vineyards. The quake hit as the region’s grape harvest was beginning, but farmers say wineries for the most part have been able to receive grape deliveries without excessive delays.
Cleanup from massive wildfire continues
One year after the Rim Fire, more than two-and-a-half million tons of dead or dying trees and brush remain within the Stanislaus National Forest. Experts say cleanup after such a large fire is slow, costly and dangerous. Local officials say the cleanup has progressed more quickly on privately owned land than on government land. Forestry experts are looking at management practices and policy changes to address fire-recovery problems.
Stone-fruit harvest enters final stages
As farmers wrap up this year’s California harvest of peaches, plums and nectarines, observers say the overall stone-fruit crop will likely be 10 percent to 20 percent smaller than last year’s. Farmers report high-quality fruit from their orchards, but acreage has dropped slightly and drought may also have reduced fruit crops somewhat. This year’s peach, plum and nectarine harvests began earlier than usual, and will be mostly finished by early September.
Farmers to be honored for work with veterans
A San Diego County couple who train veterans in growing crops will be among people recognized at the White House Wednesday. Colin and Karen Archipley operate an organic, hydroponic farm in Escondido and created the Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training Program, which introduces veterans to entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture. The Archipleys will be honored as “Champions of Change” during a White House ceremony.