Welcome to Farming in the Foothills!
There is a thriving community of small farmers and ranchers here in the Sierra foothills, and we are excited you are a part of it!
In the late 1800's and the first half of the 1900's, the Sierra foothills had a booming agricultural sector. Produce was exported nationwide and overseas. Competition from valley growers, however, as well as advances in packing and shipping technologies, contributed to a steep decline of farming in the foothills during the second half of the twentieth century.
Nevertheless in the last decade, agriculture has made a comeback due to the tenacity of farmers and their love for the land, and a burgeoning local food movement. Many small-scale, diversified farms now produce high quality fruits, vegetables and meat products for local markets. Small farms produce a wide range of horticultural crops, including tree and vine fruits, nuts, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants. Livestock production also plays a prominent part in foothill agriculture. Many types of livestock are raised in the foothills including cattle, sheep, goats, horses, llamas, and alpacas.
While overall agricultural acreage declines, the small farm community is growing. Acreage of mandarins, winegrapes, ornamentals, as well as direct market vegetables and flowers is slowly increasing and new farmers and ranchers are joining the ranks each season. UC Cooperative Extension is dedicated to supporting the agricultural community and helping it grow and thrive through a variety of educational and community building programs.
When it comes to growing food for a living, you need to be really efficient. The best way that I know how to increase efficiency is to develop a system. Once you have a system, you don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out how you are going to do something. On my farm we have systems for almost everything, from working up the soil to picking the leafy greens....
Over the years, I've come to realize that one of the principles of working or moving livestock is that I must move slowly to go fast. Every time I get in a hurry to get something done - loading sheep in the trailer or moving sheep through the corrals, for example - the job takes much longer than it would if I had the proper patience. The animals seem to sense my frantic energy, which...
We need your help in promoting locally produced food in Placer and Nevada Counties! UCCE Placer/Nevada is working to promote specialty crops at the farmers markets by conducting tasting/sampling events and by distributing produce cards and vouchers to farmers’ market shoppers. These activities are supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from the CDFA. In January and February of...
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