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Neysa King, Director and Coordinator for the Tomales Bay Watershed Council talks about the work they are doing currently and their need for more community envolvement at this critical time in their history.The primary purpose of The Tomales Bay Watershed Council Foundation is to fund collaborative watershed stewardship efforts to protect, evaluate and enhance the Tomales Bay ecosystem and watershed.
Show starts at 4:02 minutes in.
Guests Paul Shapiro,Vice President of Farm Animal Protection of The HSUS (Humane Society of the US) and Nicolette Hahn Niman, rancher, environmental attorney and author of Righteous Porkchop and Defending Beef discuss the implications of California Proposition 2 "Standards for Confining Farm Animals" going into effect on January 1, 2015. The strongest impact is on egg production in California and the fact that an additional law was passed preventing any eggs from other state's not produced to these standards cannot be sold in California. Once again, California leading the way in creating a more humane and environmentally sustainable system of food production in the US.
Inverness winemaker Jim Olsen
shares with us his many decades of winemaking experience and the BIG news about
Manton Valley (near Mt. Lassen) becoming an AVA (American Viticulture Area) and
a bottle of his beautiful new 2013 Chardonnay he has produced from 100% Manton
Valley Chard. Jim's
years of experience tinkering with Chardonnay in big wineries like La Crema
bring a balance and elegance to Chardonnay that is a welcome
evolution. You probably never heard of Manton Valley because the US
government only JUST recognized it as one of America's great viticulture areas
and Jim shares some of the magic of this new AVA and winemaking in general.
Jim also shares with us the innovative winemaker's dream come true - Naked Wines. The online wine retailer founded by former Virgin Group Ltd. executive Rowan Gormley approached Jim who is one of the first winemakers to join this group. This new model of doing business is revolutionizing winemaking!
Watershed fundraising campaign up until 11:06
Nicolette Hahn Niman joins us at 11:06 into the show to discuss the recent criminal charges in the Rancho Feeding Corporation's beef recall and the implications and impacts for BN Ranch and others.
Mary Olsen is the Locavore Editor for the West Marin Citizen and she coordinates the weekly Chef's booth at the Point Reyes Farmers Market. Chef's tips, Farmers Market update, lunch with MFK Fisher and her crush on Ruth Reichl's husband are highlighted in Mary's delightful stories.
Sam Dolcini is a fifth generation rancher and President of the Marin County Farm Bureau. A favored guest of the Farm & Foodshed Report, Sam and Robin discuss the history of farming and ranching in our area as well as the state. The evolution of farming/ranching techniques and the great stewardship of lands here in Marin and what the future holds for our farmers and ranchers.
Host Robin Carpenter in conversation with Jeff Creque who is the co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project and a Director at the Carbon Cycle Institute. The latest findings of their research, what they are researching now, the power of composting and the enormous hope and opportunity that the findings show. Also highlighted some of the work being done by the Marin Conservation League and their Agricultural Land Use Committee.
For more information about the work we discussed today go to marincarbonproject.org
Articles we referred to by Marcia Delonge and others -
"A Lifecycle Model to Evaluate Carbon Sequestration Potential and Greenhouse Gas Dynamics of Managed Grasslands"
"Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Opportunities in California Agriculture"
Additional articles and information can be found on the marincarbonproject.org site