Empty Reservoirs, Fallow Fields: Panel Discussion on Drought, Climate and Food, 5/27/14

Empty Reservoirs, Fallow Fields: Panel Discussion on Drought, Climate and Food, 5/27/14
This is the first of two events we have coming up that look at the impact the drought and climate change will have on our food system. In the coming years, drought, hotter temperatures, and extreme weather will team up to reduce crop yields around the world, making food scarcer and more expensive. Here in… Read more »

Panel and Farm Tour: Two Upcoming Events Tap into Drought, Climate and Food Systems

Panel and Farm Tour: Two Upcoming Events Tap into Drought, Climate and Food Systems
The worst of the drought is looming for farmers. Consumers nationwide may get hit with rising food prices through the summer. Yet the impacts of the drought may go far beyond this summer: our local food system is adapting to a future with a volatile climate. We have two back to back events that will… Read more »

Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center’s Help Desk

Spring-into-Summer: Drought Strategies from the Ecology Center's Help Desk
We’re getting a little taste of summer this week, and the driest, hottest part of the year is yet to come. With our changing climate bringing more dry years than wet years to California, 2014 requires a new normal. Can a shared effort to cut water-use in an extreme drought year set us up to … Read more »

As Groundwater Tables Drop, So Does the Land in the Central Valley

As Groundwater Tables Drop, So Does the Land in the Central Valley
Earlier this month, we posted about how the drought is impacting different farmers in our Farmers’ Markets. One of the big impacts is that surface water delivery has been cut off in many agricultural areas of the state, so farmers have resorted to pumping groundwater to keep their farms in business. Unlike surface water, groundwater… Read more »

View from the Farmers’ Market: Farming Through the Drought

View from the Farmers' Market: Farming Through the Drought
This year, the hills by my house didn’t turn green until late February. Although big drops of hope fall outside my window as I write, it gives me a false sense that everything will be okay, that perhaps we are not facing the biggest drought in many people’s lifetimes. I say this because this system… Read more »