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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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UC Davis Olive Oil Center is top-grade

* Editor’s note: This story published originally in July 2012. Yolo County is home to the only center in North America devoted to researching and supporting the many facets of the olive industry. The Olive Center, established at UC Davis four years ago, has made strides in helping the olive industry improve. It also caused […]

Monsanto opens huge new lab in Woodland

Monsanto Company unveiled a $31 million, state-of-the-art laboratory and office expansion of its vegetable and seed research headquarters Thursday, making Yolo County the home of the world’s largest site dedicated to vegetable seed health research.

Several hundred Monsanto employees and local government officials attended the grand opening ceremony. The facility will employ 250 full-time workers and 150 contract seasonal employees, including UC Davis student interns who scout for issues developing in the field.

Monsanto, whose products are sold in 160 countries, has 4,000 employees worldwide.

Backyard chicken coops strut their stuff

With a peck and a scratch, Sunshine, a white leghorn chicken with a bright-red comb jiggling on top her head, rustles and jabs through freshly laid bark in Ron and Gloria Purnell’s back yard.

Just a few feet away, Sunshine’s comrades follow suit — strolling out of their open coop door to the new bark.

With every step, each chicken’s head bobs and pivots in sync, with their feet in search of grubs. Their scaly legs and claws extend forward and briskly fling the bark a few feet behind them …

Local slacklining pioneer is no slacker

Suspended 200 feet above the Cosumnes River Gorge on a flat, 1-inch-wide line, Jerry Miszewski put one foot in front of the other and crossed the 451-foot-wide expanse to complete the world’s longest highline walk last year.

Unlike tightrope walking, Miszewski is a slackliner — an up-and-coming sport that uses flat, webbed, elastic lines that athletes walk across or use to perform acrobatic feats.

In the early days of the sport, Miszewski wouldn’t have been able to complete the world-record walk. He had to design his own equipment first.

Sound effects: Residents, airport seek to be good neighbors

Keeping peace in any neighborhood is not an easy task. Toss in an airport, and the situation becomes even more of a balancing act. Yolo County administrators find themselves juggling local economic growth with residential safety. Administrators say they are not seeking to increase commerce at Yolo County Airport, adding that safety enhancements over the next three […]

Hugelkultur workshop shows how to eliminate yard waste, watering

Before throwing old wood or pruned tree branches into the green-recycle waste bin, consider recycling them into a living sponge that will save you from higher water bills and your garden from wilting. Modeled after the nutrient-rich and sponge-like effects that fallen trees create on forest floors, hugelkultur is a self-sustaining, self-sufficient permaculture gardening technique […]

Bee on the alert for spring swarms

Although the sight of a giant ball of buzzing bees dangling from your backyard arbor may appear frightful, swarming honeybees are known to be docile.

“Don’t panic because they probably aren’t going to stay there long,” says Lynn Kimsey, UC Davis professor of entomology. “Now if they settle in your fireplace, that’s a different issue.”

According to Kimsey, swarms occur in spring and summer when healthy bee colonies grow …

Central Park Gardens hum with activity in the fall

The interactive and educational demonstration gardens of Davis’ Central Park have stimulated the senses and awakened the creativity of gardeners for years — helping novice and green-thumbed gardeners turn their yards into sustainable havens filled with flowering aromas and food.

The fall planting season will kick off the Central Park Garden’s monthly workshops with a vegetable garden workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, on B Street between Third and Fourth streets, demonstrating starting seeds …

Learn more at vegetable garden workshop

What: Vegetable garden workshop presented by Yolo County Master Gardeners When: 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 Where: Central Park Gardens, B Street between Third and Fourth streets Admission: Free

UC Davis Olive Oil Center is top-grade

Yolo County is home to the only center in North America devoted to researching and supporting the many facets of the olive industry. The Olive Center, established at UC Davis three years ago, has made strides in helping the olive industry improve. It also caused an international stir last year when a joint study with […]

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