Crime in the Fields

Crime in the Fields

Crop Thefts Soar on Area Farms In San Diego County today, crime is not just a city problem. A look at the monthly incident reports of agriculture-related crimes from the San Diego County Sheriff’s
Bumper Crops at San Diego Schools

Bumper Crops at San Diego Schools

The "farm-to-table" label isn't just for restaurants. We'd like to highlight a few local school garden programs that give students food for thought:   In January 2013, San Diego Unified School
Living Coastal: Celebrating Beach-Themed Local Living Through Art and Food

Living Coastal: Celebrating Beach-Themed Local Living Through Art and Food

Take the best culinary craftsmen in San Diego—from Alchemy, Claire's on Cedros, Sea Rocket Bistro, Sessions Public, Starlite and Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens—sprinkle in artwork by local
The Ambassador

The Ambassador

With such close proximity to Baja California, San Diegans enjoy the luxury of having quality Mexican dining options available throughout the county. Yet, for so long, all locals knew of their neighbor
Native Plant Gardening: Regionally Sustainable and Delectable Plants?

Native Plant Gardening: Regionally Sustainable and Delectable Plants?

San Diego is a hotspot for agricultural biodiversity, with many exotic and interesting species of edible and decorative plants. Few of the foods we are used to growing are native and many require irri
No Space? No Dirt? No Problem!

No Space? No Dirt? No Problem!

Gardening in San Diego can be a challenge: While the climate is ideal for a wide range of plants, high property values and poor soil conditions put traditional gardens out of reach for many residents.
Organic Beer: Saving the Planet Since 1997

Organic Beer: Saving the Planet Since 1997

If you are a regular reader of this magazine, chances are you already eat organic. You know organic certification means reduced GMOs, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, antibiotics and additives. It al
Smit Farms: Putting the ‘Farmer’ in Markets Since 1991

Smit Farms: Putting the ‘Farmer’ in Markets Since 1991

If you've been to a farmers' market in San Diego, you've definitely seen Smit Farms (Formerly Smit Orchards). Without questioning the quality of their stone fruit, grapes and cherries, I'm comfortable
Revival of Neighborhood Grocers

Revival of Neighborhood Grocers

Stehly Brothers Stocking Their Own Shelves The Craigslist ad was brief, indicating in two scant lines that a manager was sought to run an organic produce store. Andru Moshe, at the time the owner of
From Farm to Tap

From Farm to Tap

Stone Farms Operations Come Full Circle In recent years the craft breweries of San Diego have gained the affection of beer lovers around the country, and if there is one name that has led the charge
Tulloch Farm: San Diego–Raised Lambs

Tulloch Farm: San Diego–Raised Lambs

Nestled among the sinuous curves of Highway 78 east of Ramona, Tulloch Farm is home to a multitude of breeds of sheep and lambs. Side by side, Hampshires, Suffolks, Southdowns, Cheviots, Border Leiste
What’s in Your Wine? It Doesn’t Add(itive) Up

What’s in Your Wine? It Doesn’t Add(itive) Up

Whatcha got in that ruby glass of Cab you're drinking? According to what's not on the label, more than you may know—or want. Dimethyl dicarbonate (DMDC)—trade name Velcorin— is a colorless mold

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Urban Plantations

Over six years ago, Karen Contreras, dissatisfied by her high paying corporate job, boldly decided to pursue her love for organic gardening and began following her passion instead of her paycheck. In 2008, she founded Urban Plantations, the first company in San Diego to promote and install gardens both for beauty and growing food. Since its inception, Urban Plantations has grown from a small company installing home gardens to corporate landscapes and everything in between. With over 35 years experience in the field, Karen takes time to educate and train her staff to ensure that they are knowledgeable and well versed in everything from sowing seeds and caring for trees to pest management and soil biology.   {gallery}stories/a-closer-look/urbanplantation{/gallery}   Urban Plantations has gained national and global attention with the ris

Suzie's Farm

Imagine an iconic farm nestled on fertile land in between the warm desert and cool Pacific coastline, teeming with life, nutritious food and a bustling community. Maybe you've heard of this oasis already? Suzie's Farm. Founded in 2009 by husband and wife team, Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro, Suzie's is a local, urban, certified-organic farm located just 15 miles south of downtown San Diego in the Tijuana River Valley.   {gallery}stories/a-closer-look/suziesfarm{/gallery}   Suzie's has always had a big vision for the future. What began as a small sprout operation has become one of largest, most well known farms in the county. Dedication, hard work and immense patience through years of transformation and growth have brought the farm and it's family to the caliber at which it now stands., One of Suzie's main goals is to help connect the San Diego community with the origi

Specialty Produce

Specialty Produce is much more than a fruit and vegetable distributor. Family owned and founded in 1989, Specialty Produce has worked diligently for more than thirty years to become a leader in service, product quality and technology to offer the best retail fresh produce and food service in San Diego. They offer delivery seven days a week within San Diego County to service restaurants and local chefs and to give consumers retail access to the same high quality, fresh produce and food.   {gallery}stories/a-closer-look/specialtyproduce{/gallery}   What sets Specialty Produce apart from other produce distributors is its unique application for Android and iPhone users that has been developed to share the story of fruits and vegetables. With over 1400 articles on distinctive fresh fruits and vegetables, the database that powers their

Brian's Farmers Markets

  Entrepreneur and philanthropist Brian Beevers is making big waves in San Diego's local food scene. Raised on a walnut farm in California's central valley, Brian understood the lot of the farmer from an early age and was no stranger to hard work. This rural background, coupled with this experience working for L'Arche ("The Ark"), a worldwide organization that creates residential communities for people with intellectual disabilities, helped fuel his passion to ofserve those less fortunate.   After moving back to San Diego after college, Brian took a job managing the City Heights Farmers' Market for the San Diego County Farm Bureau. From his first day at the market, Brian knew that he had found an ideal job that tied together his rural background and his goals for strengthening San Diego's farming community.   {gallery}stories/a-closer-look/briansfarmersmarkets{/galler

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