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CA Farmers Putting the “Earth” In Earth Day

April 18, 2008

As Earth Day nears, more and more Californians are looking for ways to protect the environment. California growers are responding to that demand by producing "earth-friendly" foods, choosing sustainable and organic farming methods. Kris O'Connor, with the Central Coast Vineyard Team, says we don't always associate agriculture with environmentalism -- although, in her view, we should.

"A lot of people are recognizing that sustainable ag and food systems are in some of the best positions to be protecting our water and air resources, open space and habitat."

O'Connor points to new trends in farming, such as "cover cropping" in vineyards, which means planting vegetation between the vines to keep the soil rich and provide habitat for beneficial insects.

"People farm differently than they did five and ten years ago. There's definitely an awareness that what we do on farms has impacts that reach well beyond our fence lines."

O'Connor also notes consumers have many choices when it comes to helping the environment, whether it's supporting an organic grower or a farmer protecting a habitat corridor. More restaurants are choosing locally-grown foods, and showcasing the farms and farmers on their menus.

The "Earth Day Food & Wine Festival" takes place Friday in Santa Margarita. Earth Day is Tuesday. For more information about about the festival, visit

Lori Abbott/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - CA