How one school district is using its beloved farm to bring students back to in-person learning
LANGLEY, Wash. — Over the course of an hour, the three sisters, their friend and their dad cleared out and deconstructed an entire bean tunnel — chicken wire, hog panel, T-posts, bamboo poles and all.Under the watchful eyes of their teacher Jean Cravy and school farm manager Cary Peterson, the South Whidbey School District students dismantled the big structure one piece at a time, not long after a late October frost rendered the long, thin fortex bean pods swollen, inedible — but still compostable.Their giggles filled the crisp air. After months of learning on a computer, they were happy to be...
The Seattle Times
Racial justice push creates momentum to protect black-owned land
In May, three sisters in Chicago got a surprise phone call: They owned 35 acres in Mississippi with a stand of mature timber worth more than $40,000.“They’d never been to Louisville, Miss., so they had no idea they owned property,” recalled Frank Taylor, leader of the Winston County Self Help Cooperative in Mississippi, who called the sisters.Every year, the cooperative retrieves the county’s delinquent tax rolls and uses public records, local knowledge and a couple hundred phone calls to alert people who risk losing their land.The effort seeks to stem the loss of property among rural landowne...
Animals' health care a post-wildfire priority
SAN DIEGO — While the Valley fire that destroyed dozens of homes and took the lives of many animals in Alpine and Jamul this month may be but a memory for many, damage from that and other wildfires has lasting impact.Smoke from wildfires not only affects people but also pets, horses, livestock and wildlife, experts agree. If you can see or feel the effects of smoke, the American Veterinary Medical Association says, you should also take precautions to keep your animals safe.The AVMA recently shared some important recommendations for pet and livestock owners about post-fire care. Several local v...
The San Diego Union-Tribune