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  • Welcome Back, Monarchs!

    Added October 9, 2015
    A monarch lands on a Mexican sunflower (Tithonia) in Vacaville, Calif. It may head to an overwintering site in Santa Cruz. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    It will be a monarch-kind of day.   And why not?   Monarch enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the "Welcome Back Monarchs Day" on Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Natural Bridges State Park, 2531 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.  Some 500 monarchs...

  • Congratulations, 'Bugman' Jeff!

    Added October 8, 2015
    Helene Dillard, dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, welcomes the crowd at the Oct. 2nd college celebration honoring recipients of the Award of Distinction. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

    Entomologist Jeff Smith of Rocklin, an associate at the Bohart Museum of Entomology who has saved the museum some $160,000 over a 27-year period through his volunteer service, received a well deserved "Friend of the College” Award of Distinction...

  • Flies are Pollinators!

    Added October 8, 2015
    Adult syrphid fly [J.K.Clark]

    Will all the pollinators please stand up! Or do a fly-by like the Blue Angels or a crawl-by like babies competing in a diaper derby. Bees--there are more than 4000 of them in North America--are the main pollinators, but don't overlook butterflies,...

  • Antibiotic drug use in food animals focus of October workshop

    Added October 8, 2015
    Cows feed at a California dairy. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    New guidelines being implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration – effective Jan. 1, 2017 - require label changes allowing only therapeutic uses of some medically important antimicrobial drugs, and call for increased veterinarian oversight...

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Watering Conservation Tips

1. Check Soil Moisture First. If soil is dry 1-2 inches below surface it's time to water.

2. Water Deeply. Encourage deep roots that require less frequent watering.

3. Get Up Early. Calm, cool morning air results in less evaporation loss.

4. Trash the Sprinkler. Area sprinklers are vicious water wasters and encourage disease.

5. Buy the Right Equipment. Use a squeeze handle watering wand with variable spray options.

6. Go Old-School. Watering cans effectively target individual plants.

7. Turn Off the Faucet. Use recycled water from sinks and showers for some of your watering.

Excerpted from Bill Strubbe
Urban Farm Online, June, 2015

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