Biochar or Compost – What’s Best for Soil Quality?

Despite claims that biochar could offset 12% of human carbon emissions, and boost agricultural production in the process, others are not so sure. Whether it’s the author of the biochar solution saying it’s not a solution (OK, not a complete solution), or George Monbiot’s warnings on the large-scale production of biochar, there is no doubt […]

California Black Farmers ~ Obstruction of Justice ~ 2004 Report

During the Congressional Black Caucus Weekend, September 2004 Arianee Callendar spoke during a Black Farmer Session, Chair Congressman Bennie Thompson, Mississippi. Evironmental Working Group may be instramental in restoring Black Agriculture in the State of California. Clearly, the #1 Agriculture State may embrace Black Farmers in the lucrative Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley markets. Allies outside the […]

Food Bank demand doubles in four years

Some wait in line overnight for a movie premiere or a sporting event. Some have to wait in line overnight for a meal. By: Roger Phillips, Stockton Record STOCKTON – At 9:30 a.m. Monday, Rudy Rodriguez emerged from the Emergency Food Bank of Stockton/San Joaquin carrying a cardboard box containing canned goods, cookies, juice and […]

More S.J. residents turn to food benefits program

By: Zachary K. Johnson, Stockton Record STOCKTON – The number of people in San Joaquin County receiving food stamps keeps growing, with the percentage of those receiving the benefit growing by 17 percent for the second year in a row. Here are the startling figures: » From September 2008 to September 2010, the number of […]

Can a neighborhood be too walkable?

In an interesting post on her blog All About Cities, Wendy Waters asks, “Is there such a thing as too much walkability?”   Waters, a real estate investment analyst, uses the Walk Score tool — which, as she points out, is increasingly popular among both sellers and buyers of real estate to measure the desirability […]

Worm Composting Becomes Big Business

A few weeks ago we caught a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an industrial composting operation. But it’s not just regular composting that’s going mainstream. Vermicomposting, or worm composting—which I tend to think of as the crunchier, DIY end of composting—is also being practiced on some pretty large scales. And these folks seem to be making money […]