Farmers

Playing With Food: Playing with passion fruit

Feb 22, 2021
Fr. Ian Delinger

The Central Coast has fantastic produce, much of which you wouldn’t think could grow here, including passion fruit! Just east of Hwy 101 along Gobernador Canyon Road outside of Carpenteria is a passion fruit grower who is providing locals a steady supply of tasty treats, elegant creations and even cocktails. Find out more on Playing With Food.”

Issues & Ideas: Farming in SLO County

Apr 13, 2020
Fr. Ian Delinger

Agriculture plays a crucial role in the economy of both California and the Central Coast. KCBX's Greta Mart talks with Brent Burchett, executive director of the SLO County Farm Bureau, about a variety of local agricultural issues and challenges for the county's farmers.

Issues & Ideas: Cultivating a more diverse EcoFarm

Feb 22, 2020
Mark C. Anderson

Why aren’t there more people of color and women at agriculture conferences? One organization is actively working to change the demographics of both presenters and attendees—and workshop topics—at what's considered the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West.

Issues & Ideas: Vaping, lavender and a farm-to-school lunch tray program

Sep 30, 2019

On this week’s Issues & Ideas: the state's public health agency has urged Californians to stop vaping immediately, days after Governor Newsom signed an executive order aimed at curbing vaping among youth. 

Michael Barros/KCBX

In an about-face vote from exactly one year ago, San Luis Obispo County officials enacted a temporary ban this week on new industrial hemp production. The ban will be in effect for at least 45 days.

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Hundreds of concerned parents, health workers and educators turned out Thursday evening in Salinas to urge state officials to increase restrictions on the use of agricultural pesticides near schools. Over a dozen growers also attended, concerned about a new proposal that limits the application of pesticides during school hours.

Broadcast date: 10/6/2016

In 2015 overall crop values totaled $828,800,000 in San Luis Obispo County alone. And while recent reports show that the number of farmers in the county has grown over the years, this does not mean that farming is a prosperous enterprise for all who enter it on the Central Coast, especially small farmers which make up the majority of farms in our area. While interest in local foods and improved nutrition continues to thrive, there is still much room for improvement to sustain our local food system for our community.  Increasing profitability for small farmers is key to the health of this system.

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The U.S. Government’s Temporary Agricultural Workers program, also known as H-2A, allows employers to bring foreign workers to the US when there aren’t enough local workers to meet demand.