The light is changing, have you noticed?
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Every Wednesday we find stories about land conservation and we share them here. Sometimes the links aren't about land conservation and that's fine too.
Join us on September 20 from 10am-1pm at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for our Fall Gathering! We'll be talking about sustainable agriculture in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. More information about it, including who our distinguished panelists are, can be found over here. And join us on Instagram and Twitter with #ieatlocal
It's time to start talking about and tweeting and Instagraming and registering for our Fall Gathering on September 20. Will you join us?
The Bay Area is growing and the need to create sustainable and healthy communities is only increasing. How can we protect farmland, serve local food and provide food security? What role does farmland have in regional plans like the Sustainable Communities Strategy? And what are the opportunities for partnership and funding?
Our Fall Gathering on September 20 from 10am-1pm will address these questions with a focus on Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. In this part of the region, there are many efforts already underway to support local farms and connect people of all kinds to where their food comes from. Speakers include:
Come with us as we head to the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for a conversation about sustainable agriculture and the people making it happen. The program will be held from 10am-12pm. Lunch will be served immediately following and there will be lots of time for networking.
Do you eat locally? Know local farms? Shop at farmers' markets? Share pictures of what local food means to you via Instagram (@bayareaopenspace) and Twitter (@BA_OpenSpace) with #ieatlocal between now and September 20. We'll post photos here on this blog as well as share them at the Gathering. Extra bonus points for any picture that makes our mouths water.
Have you eaten a locally grown peach lately? If not, we highly recommend that you find a farmer's market or a local-farmers-friendly store and get yourself one. The peach season won't last forever and, man, they're good.
Hat tip to Outdoor Afro. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) works with a network of health professionals, weathercasters, land managers and teachers to create and leverage public-private partnerships to promote daily actions for helping people live well while protecting and enjoying nature.
Every Wednesday we find stories about land conservation and we share them here. We're especially proud of the ones that involve our member organizations. Do you know who our members are?
Join us on September 20 from 10am-1pm at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for our Fall Gathering! We'll be talking about sustainable agriculture in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. More information about it, including who our distinguished panelists are, can be found over here.
And we're back! We took two weeks off to do nothing but watch the Olympics (see blog posts below for evidence), but now we're back with real hard-hitting news about land conservation in the Bay Area. Or something like that.
Yesterday Bay Nature magazine launched Trailfinder, an easy to use guide to local parks and trails. Working behind the scenes by providing trailheads and the trip-planner, Transit & Trails, a project of the Open Space Council, is happy to be a part of this collaborative project.
Every Wednesday we share links to news about land conservation in the Bay Area (and sometimes beyond). Like the members of the Open Space Council, we focus on many aspects of land conservation including food, recreation, biodiversity, policy, and more.
What if there was an Olympic sport for most parks visited in one day?
Farms and ranches could be included. So could regional trails and community gardens. Competitors would have to touch a sign post with the park's name on it before moving onto the next. They could use any transportation available to them to get between the parks (excluding helicopters - that's not fair).
The Park-A-Thon would have to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area because no where else can you visit as many parks all in one day. We have over a million acres of parks for all to enjoy. We have national leaders in land conservation throughout our ten counties. We have regional trails, regional plans, and regional projects. And we have some of the most beautiful parks in the world.
We have Olympic fever. But since NBC hasn't asked us for our commentary on the 2012 London Games, we'll share our ideas here with you. Our regular programming will return August 15.
If there was an Olympic event for fine-scaled climate change projections or ecologically-relevant fog data sets for London's East End, this is the team you'd want to assemble.
For three years now a group of scientists have gathered at the Pepperwood Preserve to talk about climate change and land conservation in the Bay Area. The Open Space Council has been there because of the Conservation Lands Network (CLN) and our ability to engage a broader community in this important work. The CLN will be updated to include all of the scientific goodness, including the handy online tool, Explorer. Stay tuned for more information about the project over on www.BayAreaLands.org and on this blog.
We have the Olympics on our mind. Could you tell?
Our regular Happenings posts will return on August 15.