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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

  This sweet holiday treat is a Thanksgiving tradition for our easement holders and sweet potato growers John & Jeani Ferrari.  Ingredients 1 pound sweet potatoes (2 cups mashed) 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup milk 2 eggs 1/2 tsp. ground...

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June is Dairy Month!

June is Dairy Month!

June is National Dairy Month; a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate California’s dairy industry, dairy farmers, and the nutritious dairy products they provide us. Originally established by grocers, as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm summer...

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Peaches yielded the sweet smell of success

Peaches yielded the sweet smell of success

By Vicky Boyd   Standing on the family’s original “Home Ranch” near Ballico, California, Gail Ferrari Martin recently described the arduous journey her father took from a teenager on his own to becoming one of the world’s top canning peach producers. To honor...

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Planting the Seed

Planting the Seed

Aunt’s words of wisdom spurred support for farmland conservation By Vicky Boyd Growing up, Webster Williams’ and Bonner Mendez’s aunt — Alberta Webster Lewallen — used to tell them, “You can never create more land. Don’t ever sell the land.” This was something...

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The Road to Conservation

The Road to Conservation

The Road to ConservationBy Vicky Boyd The family history of Jim Jorgensen and his sisters, Joanne Mills and Janice Jorgensen, is deeply rooted in California agriculture. The three were raised on a farm where their parents, William P. and Elinor Jorgensen, grew walnuts...

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Katie Otto Joins CFT Team

Katie Otto Joins CFT Team

The California Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to announce Katie Otto as their new Development and Operations Director. She joins the CFT team after 12 years with the California FFA Foundation (Foundation) and brings her deep roots and experience with agriculture,...

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Last Sweet Potato Crop…

Last Sweet Potato Crop…

A final sweet potato crop on a forever farm Jim Alvernaz, a third-generation sweet potato farmer, owns Alvernaz Farms with his wife Collette, near Livingston, and has been growing sweet potatoes his whole life. His grandfather came from the Azores to Atwater where he...

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

This simple dish is a staple for the holiday season. It’s also an excuse to have dessert as part of the main course!    INGREDIENTS 5 pre-baked sweet potatoes 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup butter (soft) 1/3 cup evaporated milk (can...

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Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms.Young

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms.Young

It was a wonderful day for a field trip! Ms.Young’s class came out to learn about chickens, goats, composting, and different types of crops at First Generation Farmers. After that, the class got a behind the scenes look at Brentwood Raley’s along with...

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Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Land

Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm – Ms. Land

It was such a beautiful day in Brentwood for a field trip! Ms. Land’s class was able to come out for a field trip at First Generation Farmers and learned all about chickens, goats, vermicomposting and how insects are so helpful! From there, her class was...

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Concrete California

Concrete California

A Family’s Story of Perseverance To Jean Okuye, nothing is more important than her family and friends.  That’s why, in 1980, Jean didn’t hesitate when a sudden death left untended the family farm where her husband Paul was raised.  She and Paul immediately...

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