Food & Farm News
» November 21, 2012 «
The harvest of olives for oil is expected to break records, potentially surpassing the 2 million-gallon mark after harvest is completed in the coming weeks. Oil from California olives undergoes testing before being certified and labeled extra virgin. Olive-oil experts say that unlike wine, olive oil has about a two-year shelf life, so it is important to look for dates on bottle labels. Olive oil should be stored in cabinets away from heat and light.
This weekend marks the official kick off of Christmas tree season and California tree growers have been busy preparing. Growers shape trees in the months leading up to the holidays and those who sell trees through pre-cut lots have already harvested and shipped trees. Cut-your-own Christmas tree farms say Internet advertising has boosted sales and now they alert customers about the farms' activities via websites and social media. According to growers, Christmas tree farms at higher elevations saw some challenges because of a dry year, but overall the quality of the trees looks good.
A new YouTube series launched by the University of California, Davis, aims to answer questions about how to feed a growing global population. Nine Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming is a 4-part series of videos that includes interviews with researchers and students who are developing innovative ways to feed the world without depleting resources. The series is available at www.youtube.com/uctvprime, a YouTube channel produced by the statewide University of California system.
The busy harvest period for nut growers in California has passed. The U.S. Agriculture Department reports most walnut, almond and pistachio harvests are complete, with the exception of a few late walnut varieties in Northern California. Following the harvest, farmers next focus on pruning trees in preparation for winter. Preparations are also being made by beekeepers, as beehives are being brought into the state in anticipation of next year's bloom and pollination period.Top