UC Davis Wins Specialty-Crops Grants for Lettuce and Conservation Agriculture Projects

Improving lettuce crops is the aim of a new, $4.5 million grant, awarded to University of California, Davis, researchers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The five-year, renewable grant is part of USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative funding program, made available through the 2014 Farm Bill. This award is…

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How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted the Food Movement

[UC Davis alumna Ildi Carlisle-Cummins writes about the evolution of California’s food movement.] From Ketchup to California Cuisine: How the Mechanical Tomato Harvester Prompted Today’s Food Movement by Ildi Carlisle-Cummins July 15, 2015 reprinted from Civil Eats (with permission) When you think of California cuisine, do you imagine baby lettuces doused in olive oil, and…

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New Center: Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farms in Developing Countries

[A new outdoor center, part of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis, demonstrates tools used to help smallholder farmers in developing countries. There are African and Asian vegetables in raised beds, a solar-powered coldroom, a brick cooler, some solar dryers, and more.] Outdoor Center Displays Tools, Equipment, and Crops for Smallholder Farmers in Developing…

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