The art of the pomegranate


While fruits have long provided fodder for still life paintings, the pomegranate has held a special place in the eyes of artists for centuries. Surrealist Salvador Dali’s “Dream, Caused by the Flight of a Bee (Around a Pomegranate, a Second Before Waking

The art of the pomegranate2017-11-08T11:51:34-08:00

The Joys of Spring


With all the rain, gray skies and chilly temperatures, we’ve paid our dues this winter. And now comes the pay-off: lush green hills, warm temps and once-dry lakes now filled with water. Hope does indeed spring eternal – especially in spring! The

The Joys of Spring2017-03-03T15:57:41-08:00

Let’s hear it for watermelons — using sound to pick a winner


Standing behind a table crowded with watermelons, John Lahargou beats on several of the rinds as if they were bongos. After tapping one with a slightly higher-pitched sound -- offering less bass than the other melons -- he stops, nods and

Let’s hear it for watermelons — using sound to pick a winner2017-01-27T11:44:45-08:00

When in Drought, There’s No Doubt: Succulents Conserve


You've probably heard that the state lifted restrictions on water use in urban areas. Yet that doesn't mean Californians don't need to conserve water: Nearly 60 percent of the state remains in "severe drought," and certain parts of San Luis Obispo County

When in Drought, There’s No Doubt: Succulents Conserve2017-01-27T11:50:11-08:00

Finding Room for Mushrooms


Branden Janikowskioffers a variety of mushrooms. Standing behind baskets of gourmet mushrooms, Branden Janikowski briefly reflects on his 8-year career as a bookkeeper. "I wasn't digging that," he says. He'd always wanted to be a farmer, but he didn't

Finding Room for Mushrooms2017-01-27T11:52:24-08:00

Better Roots Mean Better Tomatoes


Roots need oxygen to thrive, which is why you generally don't want to plant roots too deep. But tomatoes are an exception. "The thing with tomatoes is that you've got to plant them deep," said Seron Yafuwi, who was working the

Better Roots Mean Better Tomatoes2017-01-27T12:38:44-08:00
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