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One California luminary talks about another

Kevin Starr. Courtesy photo

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The first books in the RMI Historical Book Series:

* “The California Vegetables in Garden and Field,” Edward Wickson ($60, special price at the June 11 event)

* “Cheddar Cheese Making and Elements of Dairying,” John Wright Decker ($60)

* “California’s Olive Pioneers: Early Essays on Olives & Olive Oil” ($75)

* “The Wine Press and The Cellar,” by Emmet Hawkins Rixford ($50)

All four books will be available as a package, $200 (a savings of $45), with proceeds going to the Robert Mondavi Institute

How: The books are available through the UC Davis Store; if you are shopping online, search for “Robert Mondavi Institute”

Edward Wickson’s name crops up often in the University of California’s agricultural history, including the early development of the University Farm, which would become UC Davis. Kevin Starr’s name crops up often as a California historian — one who served as a visiting professor at UCD in 1985.

Starr is due back on campus on Monday, June 11, to give a talk about Wickson. The program is free and open to the public.

The Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science is hosting Starr, the California librarian emeritus, in connection with the release of Wickson’s “The California Vegetables in Garden and Field” as the fourth volume in the institute’s Historical Agriculture Book Series.

Starr will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. at the UCD Conference Center on “Edward Wickson, Progressivism and the Enterprise of California Agriculture.” A reception will follow from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The Wickson book will be for sale ($85), and Starr — who wrote the foreword for the new edition — will sign copies.

Starr is the author of “Americans and the California Dream” and six subsequent “Dream” volumes, each covering a different era of California history. He received the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in 2006.

He was California librarian from 1994 to 2004, and now serves as a professor in the history department at the University of Southern California.

Wickson, born in New York in 1868 and a graduate of Hamilton College in that state, came west before California had become the nation’s produce king.

“Back in 1875, nobody knew what California was good for besides wheat, barley, cattle and mission wine,” Martinez pear grower Frank Swett would later recall, according to a UC Davis Magazine article on the Wickson Hall namesake.

“But farmers were beginning to experiment with planting different varieties of fruits, as well as vegetables and nuts — and they had lots of questions,” Kathleen Holder, the magazine’s managing editor, wrote in “Namesakes.”

“Wickson, in his dual role as editor of the Pacific Rural Press weekly farm newspaper and a UC agriculture faculty member, was in a unique position to provide them with answers.

“The son of a butcher-turned-Presbyterian minister, Wickson became an evangelist for scientific agriculture — spreading the work of UC and other researchers through articles, pamphlets and now-classic books, distributing new varieties of seed and organizing a ‘demonstration train’ that in 1908-12 brought university experts to farmers throughout the state.”

Wickson worked on the Berkeley campus — the only UC campus at the time. He was acting dean of agriculture when he was appointed in 1905 to review dozens of proposed sites for the University Farm. Then, as dean of agriculture from 1907 to 1913, he oversaw the farm’s development at Davis.

He served as editor of the widely read Pacific Rural Press (a predecessor to California Farmer magazine) for 50 years. By the time of his death in 1923, his “fertile brain and facile pen (had) touched every branch of agriculture,” said his UC colleague Thomas Hunt. “When Wickson came, California was a mining camp. It is now a fruit and flower farm.”

To register for the free lecture, visit https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/49. To register for the free reception, visit https://registration.ucdavis.edu/Item/Details/50.

— UC Davis Dateline

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