Renee Shepherd Explains How To Grow Vegetables and Herbs From Seed

Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden Circus, Circus carrots

The seed packets from Renee’s Garden—marked with their characteristic watercolor illustrations and descriptive, owner-tested growing instructions—can be found in independent nurseries and garden centers across the country. But it all began here, in the mid-’80s, on Renee Shepherd’s sandy-soiled Felton property. “A thousand years ago, in the mid-’80s, this used to be just a big…

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Santa Cruz Food Events 2017

Santa Cruz Food Events 2017

A calendar of the most enticing Santa Cruz food events and festivals   May 19-21 — Santa Cruz Greek Festivals Ever just get a hankering for all things Greek? Surprisingly, Santa Cruz has got a pretty great Greek game. For the immediate hunger there’s the 10th Annual Greek Food Faire on May 19-21—three glorious days of…

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How to Prepare Your Yard for Mosquito Season

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This winter’s heavy rains mean more potential breeding spots for mosquitoes, which is why Santa Cruz County Mosquito and Vector Control (MVC) is putting locals on high alert for the spring and summer months. Keeping mosquitoes out of your yard is always a good idea—besides their itchy bites and annoying buzz, they can carry West…

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UCSC Farm Celebrates 50 Years

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In the late 1960s, Orin Martin was “allegedly in college,” as he puts it, on the East Coast, but he rarely went to classes. He was in Washington, D.C. for the anti-Vietnam War march on the Pentagon in 1967, and was actively resisting the draft. A year later, unsure of what to do with his…

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Home & Garden Event Calendar 2017

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If you have a set of green thumbs, or just want to enjoy the laborious fruits of those who do, be sure to mark your calendars for these home and garden events taking place this spring and summer in Santa Cruz County.   4/29 Farm & Garden Spring Plant Sale This year’s annual Spring plant…

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